The Big Bitcoin Heist

Think of it like Ocean’s 11, but in Iceland and with cryptocurrency.

Author: Mark Seal
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Nov 4, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,050 words)

Ten Years Ago, I Called Out David Letterman. This Month, We Sat Down to Talk.

Comedy writer Nell Scovell — who quit her job on Late Night with David Letterman in 1990 after just five months because of sexism and “sexual favoritism,” and who called out Letterman in another Vanity Fair piece 10 years ago, following the revelation that he was cheating on his wife with various women who worked for him — sits down with a newly chastened Letterman, and receives a genuine apology from him.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Oct 30, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,510 words)

The Often Perilous, Sometimes Lucrative, and Ever-Evolving Business of Being a YouTube Star in 2019

“Really, the digital creator class’s legitimacy is arising out of the passage of time. YouTube fame isn’t novel to Gen-Zers. It simply is.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Oct 7, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,956 words)

To Cheat and Lie in L.A.: How the College-Admissions Scandal Ensnared the Richest Families in Southern California

Presenting themselves as model, enviable parents only made their fall harder, and more enjoyable for spectators. It’s a shame they took their kids down with them.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jul 31, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,124 words)

The Beautiful Power of Ta-Nehisi Coates

Jesmyn Ward interviews one of our most essential public intellectuals.” 

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 6, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,326 words)

“The Big Error Was That She Was Caught”: The Untold Story Behind the Mysterious Disappearance of Fan Bingbing, the World’s Biggest Movie Star

Chinese bureaucracy cracking down the Chinese multi-million dollar film industry, where salaries far outstrip the Chinese norm and tax under-reporting is the norm, and Fan Bingbing was the government’s biggest public example.

Author: May Jeong
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Mar 26, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,195 words)

The Truth About Green Book

Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, a “true story” about an Italian-American bouncer who escorts a black pianist on a tour of the Jim Crow South in 1962, is emerging as an awards season frontrunner. But the family of the pianist, Dr. Shirley, has dismissed the film, not just for its factual inaccuracies, but for essentially revising and rewriting a black man’s identity.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Dec 11, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,501 words)

“I Don’t Really See Any Value in Saying, ‘I Told You So,’”: Prince Charles on His Climate-Change Fight, Life with Camilla, and Becoming King

“As the Prince of Wales turns 70, James Reginato hops on a royal flight to catch up with the longest-waiting heir apparent in history.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Nov 1, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,750 words)

‘I Was Ashamed’: After Ford’s Accusation, Holton-Arms Alumnae Wrestle With Their Own Truths — Together

“These places make more bad apples. And they take the bad apples and polish them up to be shiny apples, who can one day be nominees to the Supreme Court.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Sep 27, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,370 words)

Meet the Ultra-Organized Teenager Masterminding Parkland’s Midterms Push

Since Valentine’s Day, the Parkland survivors have been speaking at high schools and colleges to educate students about and win their support for ending gun violence. Mandatory at every event? A table at which attendees can either register to vote or pre-register to vote if they are currently under age.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Sep 5, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,061 words)