On Becoming Lucy Sante

“The renowned writer, culture critic, and scholar of the demimonde discusses her transition — and finding herself.”
Author: Lucy Sante
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jan 20, 2022
Length: 17 minutes (4,300 words)

“Who the Fuck Cares About Adam McKay?” (We Do, and With Good Reason)

“But success, as we’re obliged to say in the personal-profiles business, has come at a price—bouts of depression, a heart attack, a rotating cast of therapists, a tortured relationship with his mother, and a bitter breakup with his former creative partner Will Ferrell. As it turns out, every movie is the most personal movie Adam McKay’s ever made—until it’s over and he moves on to the most personal movie he’d ever made. On one level, it’s the nature of his art—locating the pulse of the zeitgeist and making entertainment from it before the zeitgeist moves on. And McKay is nothing if not a topical writer and director. But it begs a question: How does Adam McKay move on from a movie about the end of the world?”

Author: Joe Hagan
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Nov 29, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,522 words)

“I Did Not Know It Was a Man”: The Surreal Story of How a Deadly Crash Upended South Dakota Politics

“The public and political reaction to the crash has been driven by a fundamental and, perhaps, ultimately unknowable question, one that will cast a shadow long after Ravnsborg emerges from the criminal and potential civil litigation: Was he really unaware that he hit another man?”

Author: Tom Kludt
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 25, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,386 words)

‘All Roads Lead to Mar-a-Lago’: Inside the Fury and Fantasy of Donald Trump’s Florida

“Roger Stone, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Ben Shapiro—they’ve all made their way to the Sunshine State, fueling and profiting from a tabloid culture that turns politics into spectacle, arguably Florida’s greatest export.”

Author: Joe Hagan
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 10, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,221 words)

‘I Got a Second Chance’: From Puff Daddy to Diddy to Love

“Sean Combs was the original influencer. Now the artist and mogul is defining his next era—and launching a record label.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 3, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,255 words)

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)