The Mogul and the Monster

Of the many mysteries that still surround the life and crimes of the notorious financier, the source of his wealth, and thus his power, might be the greatest. His long-standing business ties with his most prominent client, billionaire retail magnate Leslie Wexner, hold the key. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 days ago

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1996)

Jeffrey Wigand is at the center of an epic multi-billion-dollar struggle that reaches from Capitol Hill to the hallowed journalistic halls of CBS’s 60 Minutes. Marie Brenner investigates. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 15 days ago

The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover Covid-19’s Origins

Throughout 2020, the notion that the novel coronavirus leaked from a lab was off-limits. Those who dared to push for transparency say toxic politics and hidden agendas kept us in the dark. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 16 days ago

The Theft of a Magritte

The theft of a deeply personal painting by the Belgian artist was a national tragedy. Now an investigation points to a tragedy greater still. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 17 days ago

The Union-Busting Birth of the Academy Awards

It all started because Louis B. Mayer wanted to build a beach house. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 21 days ago

A University of Iowa Reply-All Email Became Ground Zero for Cancel Culture Wars

A student at the College of Dentistry claimed he was facing expulsion for being conservative. Iowa lawmakers leapt to his defense. Now, Michael Brase is one of the most platformed names in right-wing politics—while students of color feel cowed, exhausted, and ignored. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 1 month ago

“We Are Hoarding”: Why the US Can’t Donate Corona-Vaccines to Countries in Need

Thanks to America First–style contracts negotiated by the Trump administration and an alarming uptick in domestic cases, the urgent work of planning to vaccinate the rest of the world is stuck in limbo. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 1 month ago

The Trump-appointee who asked not to be judged by his high school year book has a different point of view for kids who aren’t Tobin, Squi, and PJ. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 1 month ago

Brett Kavanaugh Rules Children Deserve Life in Prison with No Chance of Parole

The Trump-appointee who asked not to be judged by his high school year book has a different point of view for kids who aren’t Tobin, Squi, and PJ. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 1 month ago

Excessively Good Sunscreen by Poolside FM

Poolside FM, the web radio station billed as the “sunniest place on the internet,” is putting the fun back in SPF. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 2 months ago

Letter from Kurdistan: Holiday in Iraq

Over Christmas break, the author took his son to northern Iraq, which the U.S. had made a no-fly zone in 1991, ending Saddam's chemical genocide. Now reborn, Iraqi Kurdistan is a heartrending glimpse of what might have been. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 2 months ago

First look at Apple TV+’s Stephen King written “Lisey’s Story”

J.J. Abrams produced this supernatural love story about a woman whose late husband opened a passage to another world. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 2 months ago

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. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 2 months ago

NFTs are driving stunts and diving into the culture wars

The NFT craze is disrupting the art world, as Bitcoin billionaires gobble up memeified art (think naked Elon riding a Dogecoin dog) and even racist images. Jack Dorsey, Ja Rule, and now John Cleese are in on the action, with Mr. Monty Python admitting that “the world has gone ter … | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 3 months ago

Reply All’s Implosion Reveals the Limits of One-Sided Internet Relationships

Like the workplace they were covering, the Gimlet Media podcast’s self-presentation obscured inequality and discontent—until it hit the breaking point. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 3 months ago

Wall Street Isn’t Letting Khashoggi’s Killing Get in the Way of Saudi Business

CEOs flocked to last month’s “Davos in the Desert” and surely won’t let this week’s release of intelligence directly linking MBS to the journalist’s murder slow down the Saudi-Wall Street gravy train. Such “cognitive dissonance,” says the producer of documentary The Dissident, “i … | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 3 months ago

The ex-president sure sounds like a guy who’s committed all manner of tax fraud. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 3 months ago

"You've Made the Post Swashbuckling Once Again": Marty Baron Receives a Star-Studded Farewell and Dishes in a Wide-Ranging Exit Interview

Stars from Hollywood (Spielberg, Schreiber) and the news biz (Baquet, Blitzer) toasted the legendary editor, who recalls angry calls from Trump, reflects on newsroom upheavals over race and speech, and shares “deep concerns” about the survival of newspapers and democracy as so ma … | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 3 months ago

Fresh off Congressional Republicans’ attempt to overturn the 2020 election, state-level officials are on a disenfranchisement blitz, introducing more than 160 bills this year to restrict ballot access going forward. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 4 months ago

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin Billionaire Arthur Hayes

The BitMEX cofounder created a cryptocurrency exchange that has traded trillions. Now he’s wanted by U.S. authorities, and insiders wonder whether he and his partners are villains—or victims of a two-tiered justice system that favors big banks over brash outsiders. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 4 months ago

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin Billionaire Arthur Hayes

The BitMEX cofounder created a cryptocurrency exchange that has traded trillions. Now he’s wanted by U.S. authorities, and insiders wonder whether he and his partners are villains—or victims of a two-tiered justice system that favors big banks over brash outsiders. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 4 months ago

This time around, the Democrats’ impeachment managers were firsthand witnesses to the havoc wreaked by Donald Trump. And they’ll do everything in their power to sway the Senate in their favor. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 4 months ago

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin Billionaire Arthur Hayes

The BitMEX cofounder created a cryptocurrency exchange that has traded trillions. Now he’s wanted by U.S. authorities, and insiders wonder whether he and his partners are villains—or victims of a two-tiered justice system that favors big banks over brash outsiders. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 4 months ago

Wall Street Isn't Buying Leon Black's Epstein Story

Dechert’s report on the Apollo cofounder’s decades-long dealings with the late convicted sex offender, including payments of $158 million, is raising eyebrows—and more questions—on Wall Street. One lawyer dismissed it as a “whitewash.” | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 4 months ago

"We Can't Have That": Inside The New York Times' Firing of Lauren Wolfe

The paper of record’s treatment of a freelance editor getting “chills” on Twitter drew accusations of bending to bad faith criticism and reignited debates over journalistic objectivity. Senior Times sources say Wolfe had been warned before, but management’s handling has staffers … | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 4 months ago

Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump's Epic Bromance

Beginning in the late ’80s, the infamous sex trafficker and the future president (and their mutual friend Ghislaine Maxwell) palled around for almost two decades. In an excerpt from his new book, the author exposes their shared tastes for private planes, shady money, and foreign- … | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 4 months ago

Throughout the final, frenzied days of the Trump administration, a reporter rode shotgun with the outgoing acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, the man who, under the distracted eye of his commander in chief, became America’s de facto guardian. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 4 months ago

Twitter Was Facing an Internal Insurrection If It Didn't Ban the President

Facing employee demands for action, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, from his perch at a luxury resort on a remote island, finally banned Trump from the platform—and unleashed a wild debate over free speech that will forever change the face of social media. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 5 months ago

"They're Being Told to Stay Away From Trump": After a Day of Violence and 25th Amendment Chatter, Trump's Allies Are Jumping Ship

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone is reportedly warning West Wing staffers to avoid Trump for legal reasons, and even Stephen Miller thought Wednesday was atrocious. Will Mike Pence bring out the big guns? | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 5 months ago

Two Trailblazing Psychologists Turned the World of Decision Science Upside Down

After his book Moneyball became a best-seller, Michael Lewis learned that many of the ideas it presented to the general public had actually been introduced decades earlier by a pair of Israeli psychologists: Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 5 months ago

Should Ross Ulbricht, founder of Silk Road, be pardoned?

The president is considering a pardon for the founder of Silk Road, once the world’s biggest illegal drug marketplace, which sold everything from cocaine to cyanide. It’s a chance afforded to few, including the nearly half a million drug offenders currently behind bars. So should … | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 6 months ago

As Journalists Flock to Substack, Is There a Limit to the Newsletter Boom?

Greenwald, Yglesias, and more are ditching the newsroom for the newsletter, seeking independence and, for some journalists, a “real adult” salary. CEO Chris Best is promising “a better model” for writers—and has no plans to sell out to Twitter. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 7 months ago

Conan O’Brien Will End His Late-Night Show in 2021

As part of a new deal with WarnerMedia, the long-time late-night host will pivot away from the daily format to a variety series with HBO Max. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 7 months ago

Elon Musks Awful, Batshit-Crazy, Completely Bonkers, Most Excellent Year

In 2020, the COVID-doubting, media-hating Twitterholic CEO became the third-richest man alive, SpaceX launched two astronauts into orbit, and Tesla became the most valuable car company on the planet. Inside the mind of Silicon Valley’s most vainglorious villain. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 7 months ago

Chelsea Hotel: Where the Walls Still Talk (2013)

Tales from the hotel-slash-commune that housed Jackson Pollock, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, Sid Vicious, and more. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 7 months ago

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


@vanityfair.com | 7 months ago

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. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 7 months ago

Trump Signs Executive Order Letting Him Purge Federal Workers for Disloyalty

Even if he loses, the action could sabotage a Biden administration indefinitely. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 7 months ago

Facebook Is Preparing to Treat the U.S. Like a Failed State

The social media giant is reportedly prepping the same measures it used in Sri Lanka and Myanmar to throttle misinformation in the U.S. after November 3. But past failures suggest there may still be blind spots. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 7 months ago

The War on Big Tech

A long-awaited, high-profile case against the tech giant is finally here—and could mean more are on the way. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 months ago

How the Shawshank Redemption Became One of the Most Beloved Films (2014)

A dud at the box office when it opened 20 years ago this week, The Shawshank Redemption now perenially tops IMDb’s favorite-movies list—the ultimate in “guy cry” cinema. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 months ago

Rudy Giuliani Is My Father. Please, Everyone, Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

I may not be able to change my father’s mind, but together, we can vote this toxic administration out of office. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 months ago

I may not be able to change my father’s mind, but together, we can vote this toxic administration out of office. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 months ago

In the Tangled World of Far Right Chatrooms

Writer Talia Lavin spent about a year catfishing white supremacists online. The result: personal trauma, predictions of a “bloody” election season, and the realization that many extremists aren’t holed up in basements—they’re bit players in our daily lives. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 months ago

Pandemic Day Traders Are Turning Wall Street Upside Down

Sudden spikes in the value of bankrupt Hertz and joke cryptocurrency Dogecoin are upending the market as hobbyist traders on Reddit and Robinhood go rogue. “It doesn’t really matter what the underlying value of the stock is,” says one. “If there’s enough momentum behind it, you c … | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 months ago

"This Gravy Train Is Coming to an End": News Media Begins to Contemplate a Post-Trump White House

While reelection is possible, defeat in November could lead to the media disentangling from Trump after his five-plus years of dominating headlines and cable chyrons. Still, says one editor, “I don’t think the Trump show will end either way.” | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 months ago

"Don Jr. Thinks Trump Is Acting Crazy": The President's COVID Joyride Has the Family Divided

The president’s recklessness at Walter Reed has Don Jr. pushing for an intervention, but Ivanka and Jared “keep telling Trump how great he’s doing,” a source says. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 months ago

The Jeffrey Epstein Virgin Islands Investigation Could Unveil New Flight Logs

Attorney General Denise George is looking for more information about Epstein’s infamous jet. | Continue reading


@vanityfair.com | 8 months ago