“Oh My God, This Is So F—ed Up”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Secretive, Orgiastic Dark Side

While the guys get laid, the women get screwed.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jan 2, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,775 words)

Meatballs: An Oral History

Vanity Fair talks to members of the cast and crew who created one of America’s cult comedies, and Bill Murray’s breakout film, to see what happened on and off camera that fateful summer of 1978.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jul 6, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,938 words)

Serena Williams’s Love Match

How the greatest tennis player of all time met an internet entrepreneur, fell in love, got pregnant, and won a grand-slam.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jun 27, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,905 words)

How Wells Fargo’s Cutthroat Corporate Culture Allegedly Drove Bankers to Fraud

Between 2011 and 2015, staff at Wells Fargo banks created over 1.5 million deposit accounts and 565,000 credit-card accounts without customers approval. The practice is called ‘gaming.’ It violated company ethics, but too many employees at the company let it happen.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jun 1, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,921 words)

How Nan Talese Blazed Her Pioneering Path through the Publishing Boys’ Club

A fascinating profile of Nan Talese, a trail-blazer in publishing, and one-half of one of the most interesting, highly public marriages in history. The piece comes just as her husband, famously non-monogamous Thy Neighbor’s Wife author Gay Talese, prepares to write a book about their long, complicated, and very flexible union.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Mar 29, 2017
Length: 28 minutes (7,034 words)

Warren Beatty, Pauline Kael, and an Epic Hollywood Mistake

The roads in Hollywood are paved with failed projects. The New Yorker‘s 1970s film critic helped produce one of them, more proof that what goes into making blockbusters is often more interesting than what gets made.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,361 words)

How Sarma Melngailis, Queen of Vegan Cuisine, Became a Runaway Fugitive

Sara Melngailis had a thriving vegan restaurant visited by customers like Alec Baldwin, Chelsea Clinton, and Anne Hathaway — and then she met Anthony Strangis.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Nov 3, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,315 words)

How Two Trailblazing Psychologists Turned the World of Decision Science Upside Down

As people critique the statistical systems used to predict presidential-election outcomes, the debate draws into question the reliability of predictions in general. But before there was Moneyball, two Israeli psychologists used baseball to understand the flawed practice of prediction.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Nov 15, 2016
Length: 31 minutes (7,918 words)

Welcome to Rao’s, New York’s Most Exclusive Restaurant

A behind-the-scenes look at a 120-year-old institution as it tries to preserve – and expand – its identity.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Oct 10, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,312 words)

I Want to Know if Love is Real: Springsteen on His Book, Born to Run

Springsteen may today be a man who splits his time between a horse farm in his native Monmouth County, a second home in New Jersey, and luxury properties in Florida and L.A., but Born to Run is an emphatic refutation of the notion that, as a songwriter, he can no longer connect to the troubled and downtrodden.

“One of the points I’m making in the book is that, whoever you’ve been and wherever you’ve been, it never leaves you,” he said, expanding upon this thought with the most Springsteen-esque metaphor possible: “I always picture it as a car. All your selves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can’t ever get out. The important thing is, who’s got their hands on the wheel at any given moment?”

Author: David Kamp
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Sep 7, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,262 words)