Did Paying a Ransom for a Stolen Magritte Painting Inadvertently Fund Terrorism?

“Modern art crime, like the arms trade, still thrives in the shadow of global conflict, which gives rise to criminal networks that make from the detritus of war immensely profitable commodities.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: May 27, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,477 words)

Cracking the Case of London’s Elusive, Acrobatic Rare-Book Thieves

“How detectives from Scotland Yard, Romania, Germany, and Italy nabbed the so-called Mission: Impossible gang, which pulled off a string of daring warehouse heists.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Apr 25, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

“Dr. Lecter, My Name Is Clarice Starling”

“The movie is so scary because it seeps into people’s consciousness through fears. It really works on fear more than anything else.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Feb 23, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,811 words)

The Charming Billie Eilish

“In the last year, Billie Eilish scored five Grammys, went multiplatinum eight times, released the new Bond theme, and had to cancel a world tour. Then, she turned 19.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jan 25, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,967 words)

Now Here We Go Again, We See the Crystal Visions

“With the help of Fleetwood Mac, the mailman, and 68 high school students, the author of Heavy finds hope for the future.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Nov 19, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,565 words)

AOC’s Next Four Years

“The history-making congresswoman addresses her biggest critics, the challenges that loom no matter who wins, and what she’s taking on next.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Oct 28, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,611 words)

On Witness and Respair: A Personal Tragedy Followed By Pandemic

“The acclaimed novelist lost her beloved husband—the father of her children—as COVID-19 swept across the country. She writes through their story, and her grief.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Sep 1, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,146 words)

Mississippi: A Poem, In Days

“I am more successful than I’ve ever imagined. Yet, I am terrified of sleeping because my body no longer knows how to dream. I know that people die in their dreams. I am not afraid of death. I am afraid of being killed while dreaming. Driving while Black. Jogging while Black. Dreaming while Black. Fighting while Black. Loving while Black. I wonder if movement, mobility, love are the features of Black life the worst of white Americans most despise.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 24, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,928 words)

The Life Breonna Taylor Lived, in the Words of Her Mother

“She started walking early—like at nine months, so she was just a little person early. I always say she had an old soul. She liked listening to the blues with my mother. She would sing me the blues. It was hilarious. She used to sing ‘Last Two Dollars.’ That was her song.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 24, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,720 words)

How Kinfolk Magazine Defined the Millennial Aesthetic…and Unraveled Behind the Scenes

The magazine that The New York Times called “the Martha Stewart Living of the Portland set” built its reputation with a simple clean look and an ethos about slowing down and reconnecting with people. Unfortunately, life was much messier.
Author: Lisa Abend
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Mar 19, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,204 words)