While They’re in the World
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Published in: September-October 2019 issue.


Film directed by Dexter Fletcher
Paramount Pictures


Madame X
Album by Madonna
Interscope Records



IT’S HARD TO SAY which hit maker, Elton John or Madonna, had a better summer. The former is the subject of a riveting new biopic, Rocketman, the latter the creator of an ambitious new LP, Madame X—both tributes to the creativity and staying power of their subjects.


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Colin Carman, PhD, author ofThe Radical Ecology of the Shelleys (Routledge), is 2019’s residential fellow at the Jane Austen House, Library and Museum in Hampshire, England.