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Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview
As his two-term presidency draws to a close, Barack Obama is looking back—at the legacies of his predecessors, as well as his own—and forward, to the freedom of life after the White House. In a wide-ranging conversation with one of the nation’s foremost presidential historians, he talks about his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him.
vanityfair  barackobama  doriskearnsgoodwin  interview  politics  presidentialhistory  history 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
What the Data Really Says About Police and Racial Bias
Eighteen academic studies, legal rulings, and media investigations shed light on the issue roiling America.
vanityfair  policing  police  policebrutality  data  race  racism  racialbias 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Self-Destructive Spiral of Truman Capote After Answered Prayers
“La Côte Basque 1965,” the first installment of Truman Capote’s planned roman à clef, Answered Prayers, dropped like a bomb on New York society when it appeared in Esquire’s November 1975 issue. Iced out by the friends he’d skewered—such of his “swans” as Slim Keith, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Babe Paley—Capote began his slide into an early grave. Sam Kashner pursues the scandal’s mysteries, including the fate of the unfinished manuscript.
vanityfair  trumancapote  writing  writers  culture 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Before They Were Kings
Scrounging for any kind of role in 60s New York, chasing girls, lending money to whichever of them was the most broke, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Duvall shared the risks, the rejections, and a fascination with the human drama. As they remember, stardom was unlikely—and irrelevant.
dustinhoffman  genehackman  robertduvall  vanityfair  acting  theater  film  1960s  newyork 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Quaid Conspiracy
They’re spending nights in their car, on the run from the same shadowy cabal—“the Hollywood Star Whackers”—who may have killed Heath Ledger, possibly sabotaged Jeremy Piven, and could now be targeting Lindsay Lohan. No, this is not the plot of Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Randy Quaid’s latest movie. It is what he and his wife, Evi, swear is really happening to them. With the Quaids in Canada, the author probes their nightmare reality, which has alienated friends and family, and turned the couple into outlaws.
randyquaid  vanityfair  hollywood  celebrity  crime 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Trouble in Paradise
Settled in 1790 by mutineers from the storied H.M.S. Bounty, Pitcairn Island is one of the British Empire’s most isolated remnants, a mystical hunk of rock that was largely ignored until 1996. Then Pitcairn’s secret was exposed: generations of rape and child molestation as a way of life. Delving into the South Pacific island’s past, the authors chronicle its 10-year clash with the British legal system, which ripped apart a tiny society.
vanityfair  pitcairnisland  crime  anthropology  society  sexuality  travel  rape 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Book On Publishing
There was the author, Chad Harbach, who had spent a decade on a novel his friends thought he’d never finish. There was the agent, Chris Parris-Lamb, who recognized its power. There was the editor, Little, Brown’s Michael Pietsch, who won it in a high-stakes auction. With the story of one book, The Art of Fielding Keith Gessen examines the state of the troubled, confused, and ever unpredictable world of U.S. book publishing in the age of Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and e-readers.
vanityfair  publishing  writing  writers  literature  books  theartoffielding  chadharbach  keithgessen  n+1 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Dr. Nicholas and Mr. Hyde
Henry Nicholas isn’t just another tech-boom billionaire charged with backdating stock options. All the drive, arrogance, and aggression he poured into building microchip-maker Broadcom—one of the major success stories of the Internet Age—morphed into an increasing obsession with sex and drugs, according to federal prosecutors. The author investigates the allegations about Nicholas’s out-of-control world: the parade of prostitutes, the spiking of clients’ drinks with Ecstasy, and the secret lair he built underneath the Orange County mansion he shared with his wife and kids.
sex  drugs  vanityfair  henrynicholas  corruption  technology  crime 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Origins of the First Arcade Video Game: Atari's Pong
In an exclusive excerpt from Harold Goldberg’s upcoming book, All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture, the author tells the story of Atari’s genesis—and how a charismatic dreamer led a gang of merry nerdsters down a path that would ultimately revolutionize the way we play.
gaming  pingpong  videogame  atari  vanityfair 
july 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Body in Room 348 - How a Mysterious Beaumont, Texas, Murder Was Solved
The corpse at the Eleganté Hotel stymied the Beaumont, Texas, police. They could find no motive for the killing of popular oil-and-gas man Greg Fleniken—and no explanation for how he had received his strange internal injuries. Bent on tracking down his killer, Fleniken’s widow, Susie, turned to private investigator Ken Brennan, the subject of a previous Vanity Fair story. Once again, as Mark Bowden reports, it was Brennan’s sleuthing that cracked the case.
beaumont  murder  mystery  crime  texas  vanityfair 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Who’s Afraid Of Nichols & May?
Two months after Mike Nichols and Elaine May arrived in New York, in 1957, their improv act was the toast of the town. Four smash-hit years later, nationally famous, they simply stopped. Half a century has passed, but as Sam Kashner discovers, in an unprecedented joint interview, the celebrated director and screenwriter still crack each other up.
vanityfair  comedy  elainemay  mikenichols 
december 2012 by brendanmcfadden
2 Good 2 Be 4Gotten: An Oral History of Freaks and Geeks
In prime time’s world of wish fulfillment, Freaks and Geeks was the opposite: 18 episodes that nailed the sad, hilarious unfairness of teen life. The cult following for its single, 1999 season—still growing, on Netflix—would herald a new school of comedy led by executive producer Judd Apatow. He, creator Paul Feig, and cast members including Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and James Franco tell Robert Lloyd what made the show both great and doomed.
comedy  vanityfair  oralhistory  freaksandgeeks  television 
december 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Greatest Fake-Art Scam in History?
One of his forgeries hung in a show at the Met. Steve Martin bought another of his fake paintings. Still others have sold at auction for multi-million-dollar prices. So how did a self-described German hippie pull off one of the biggest, most lucrative cons in art-world history? And how did he get nailed?
vanityfair  scam  con  art 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
What Katie Didn’t Know
In the fall of 2004, an accomplished, gorgeous Scientologist named Nazanin Boniadi was allegedly selected by officials in the organization to be Tom Cruise’s next girlfriend. Her never-before-told story—of the months inseparable from the star (and his watchers), before she fell out of favor—reveals a complex dynamic that also affected Cruise's relationships with Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, and, now, Katie Holmes. Maureen Orth investigates.
maureenorth  vanityfair  scientology 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Obama’s Way
To understand how air-force navigator Tyler Stark ended up in a thornbush in the Libyan desert in March 2011, one must understand what it’s like to be president of the United States—and this president in particular. Hanging around Barack Obama for six months, in the White House, aboard Air Force One, and on the basketball court, Michael Lewis learns the reality of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who sent Stark into combat.
presidency  politics  vanityfair  barackobama  MichaelLewis 
september 2012 by brendanmcfadden
American Communion
Johnny Cash thought his recording career was over. Then he met legendary producer Rick Rubin. Together, Nashville’s Man in Black and the co-founder of Def Jam records made a decade’s worth of astonishing albums, culminating with the new American V. But their incongruous partnership, which ended with Cash’s death last fall, was about much more than music.
vanityfair  rickrubin  johnnycash  music 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Sorkin Way
After writing two of the most interesting movies of the past several years (The Social Network and Moneyball), Aaron Sorkin has returned to television via HBO, which is premiering his dramatic series The Newsroom next month. On the set, as a blue-chip cast—including Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer, and Olivia Munn—revel in (and wrestle with) their dialogue, James Kaplan hears about the intellectual and emotional underpinnings of Sorkin’s fictional world, from his love of screwball to his passion for argument.
vanityfair  hbo  thenewsroom  television  writing  aaronsorkin 
may 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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