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Vanity Fair August 2016

From entertainment to world affairs, business to style, design to society, Vanity Fair is a cultural catalyst, inspiring and driving the national conversation. Now the magazine has redefined storytelling for the Digital Age, bringing its high-profile interviews, stunning photography, and thought-provoking features to your device in a whole new way.

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eyes wide shut

Six months before the last presidential election, in 2012, the Berlin-based financial investigator Nicholas Shaxson wrote a hugely influential Vanity Fair article, “Where the Money Lives,” exposing then candidate Mitt Romney’s offshore investments and other tax-avoidance schemes. Taken together, they enabled him to pay only about 14 percent of his income in federal taxes each year—even though his net worth was estimated to be in the neighborhood of $250 million. Earlier this year we turned Shaxson loose on Donald Trump and his taxes. The candidate isn’t exactly forthcoming about this—he refuses to release his tax returns because, he says, he is being audited (which is not a legal bar to their release). He says that he also believes his tax returns are none of our business and that he is, in…

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ETHAN COEN Filmmaker and writer Ethan Coen, half of the Coen brothers, examines Manhattan’s Atlantic Theater Company in “Atlantic Overtures,” on page 84, in honor of its 30th anniversary. “For some people, 80s New York recalls Studio 54,” says Coen. “For me it recalls Tad’s Steaks and the Yoshinoya Beef Bowl. The Atlantic Theater was also around then, and of all of them is the only one left. I guess they offered the best product.” SARAH ELLISON For her investigation of the National Rifle Association, “Whose N.R.A. Is It?,” on page 102, Contributing Editor Sarah Ellison visited Newtown, Connecticut—the location of the Sandy Hook school massacre—attended gun shows, went to shooting ranges, and even joined the N.R.A. Her reporting afforded her an insider’s understanding of how the lobbying juggernaut galvanizes and maintains its…

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stand-up lady

I LETTERS greatly enjoyed Annie Leibovitz’s cover photo of Amy Schumer [May]. It reminded me of the brilliant photos by Edward Steichen for V.F. during the late 1920s, those photographs of Ruby Keeler, Mary Eaton, and Joan Bennett. Like these women, Schumer brought an elegant and graceful beauty to your cover. To me, Leibovitz and Schumer’s will go down as one of the greatest in V.F.’s collection. SCOTT WAGAR Bottineau, North Dakota Without question, the “Fire Down Below” photo of Amy in the “no coffee, no workee” T-shirt should have been the cover. Thanks to Bruce Handy for the terrific article [“Bombshell Blonde,” May] and to Annie Leibovitz for the equally terrific photos. It’s great to see Amy get the kudos she deserves. CLAUDIA PEARCE Claremont, California MIRROR, MIRROR I first encountered Mrs. Radziwill and Mrs. Onassis…

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more from the v. f. mailbag

“I am not a reader of your magazine, nor do I ever intend to be.” Huh. What is this all about? Here’s an angry letter from someone who doesn’t read the magazine and who isn’t threatening to cancel a subscription or even take one out just to cancel it. What have we done to offend with such impressive reach? Ah. We published a timely review of a Game of Thrones episode on that was perhaps a little too timely. Sorry, DVR enthusiasts. In the interest of getting it right this time, here’s a SPOILER ALERT: Irate readers ahead. Don’t read past this point if that’s a problem for you. And don’t say you weren’t warned. “Until a few minutes ago I was following Vanity Fair on Facebook,” writes Lauren Hauberg, of Mount…

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food fight

Though hardly flattering, the poll results certainly were succulent this month. We’re a country of hearty carnivores—we love our barbecue and would gladly choose cheeseburgers over caviar—but we can also be vain, delusional, and cheap. Forget fruits and vegetables: we think meat is sexy. Maybe that’s why gluttons for sloppy joes and sliders still manage to get dates, even if they’ll fork out only $25 a meal. We may not be as sophisticated as the Europeans, but at least we tip! But let’s not beat ourselves up. We’re not just a flabby mess of appetites; there’s a glimmer of conscience, too. While the majority of us said we have no problem eating meat, almost a quarter admitted we’d feel better knowing the animal had led a happy life. When it comes…

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carly chaikin

AGE: 26. PROVENANCE: Los Angeles. CABIN FEVER: “I did a play at sleepaway camp when I was 13—I had one line, but the experience stuck with me. When I was 18, I knew I had to do something about it.”PERSONA NON GRADUATE: “My dad’s a doctor, and when I told him I was going to be an actor, he hit his head against a wall.”ALL IN THE TIMING: Chaikin gave herself a year to make it, but after just four auditions she booked the film The Last Song. Next, she found stability in television as dimwitted Dalia on ABC’s cult series Suburgatory. “I never expected to go into comedy. Working with S.N.L. actors, I would laugh all the time. They were such incredible role models.”ALL SYSTEMS GO: This month, Chaikin…