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Jia Tolentino on the Ozempic Weight-Loss Craze

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The prescription drug Ozempic (semaglutide) was designed to manage diabetes and obesity. But it has been embraced recently as a tool for weight loss, and many celebrities are rumored to use it to shed pounds. The staff writer Jia Tolentino wonders if the drug will wind the clock back to the brutal insistence on thinness of decades past. Plus, the staff writer D. T. Max explores the hidden life of H. G. Carrillo, a celebrated author of Latino fiction. After Carrillo’s death, from COVID-19, an obituary revealed secrets he had worked for decades to conceal.

Jia Tolentino on the Ozempic Weight-Loss Craze

The staff writer examines the celebrity obsession with the diabetes drug (generically known as semaglutide), and the unsettling undercurrent sweeping thinness back into vogue.

Who Was H. G. Carrillo? D. T. Max on a Novelist Whose Fictions Went Too Far

Carrillo’s début novel, “Loosing My Espanish,” was praised as a triumph of Latin American literature. But his obituary revealed a secret he had spent decades concealing.

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