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Vanity Fair August 2017

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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Conde Nast US
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all the president’s men 2.0

(ANNIE LEIBOVITZ)hat about those of us who knew better, we who knew the words were lies and worse than lies? Why did we sit silent? Why did we take part? Because we loved our country. What difference does it make if a few political extremists lose their rights? What difference does it make if a few racial minorities lose their rights? It is only a passing phase.”ÔWThese words, spoken by Ernst Janning in Judgment at Nuremberg, Abby Mann’s drama about the war-crimes tribunals that took place in Germany in the late 1940s, reflect horrors far greater than those we face today. Nevertheless, coming from Janning, a distinguished jurist and patriot and a man who knew better but who turned a blind eye to what was going on around him, they…

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the little prince

Your recent article “The Lonely Heir,” adapted from Sally Bedell Smith’s book Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life (April), ponders when Prince Charles actually knew that someday he would become King. Prince Charles, at his father’s insistence, at age 17, attended Geelong Grammar School, west of Melbourne, Australia. He left Geelong in July 1966.In 1967 someone invited me to attend a conference at the Geelong Grammar School. The meetings were held in classrooms. I picked a chair desk at random, in the middle of the room. As I sat down, I noticed that carved into the desktop, along with many other names, was charles, rex. So, at least by 1966, Prince Charles knew that he would someday become King!BAYARD H. BRATTSTROMWikieup, ArizonaFOR THE LOVE OF MILTThank…

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vanities

KIERSEY CLEMONSAGE: 23. PROVENANCE: Pensacola, Florida. MILITARY BRAT: “I grew up everywhere because my dad was in the navy. I had to adapt to each environment.” GIRL POWER: “My family’s full of wild women. My grandma was a prima ballerina, so my acting stems from her.” FAST TIMES: Clemons spent her teenage years in Redondo Beach, California, acting in high-school plays—“My mom pushed me into doing musical theater”—and soon turned professional in L.A. “I had a routine for four years of just working at Abercrombie Kids and auditioning.” In 2014, she booked the cult classic Dope. “My life shifted.” BRUSHSTROKES: After two seasons on Amazon’s Transparent and a starring role in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, this month Clemons is Mimi Pastori in the coming-of-age tale The Only Living Boy in…

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virtuous reality

The biggest thing to come out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival may not be a film at all. Carne y Arena, the festival’s first-ever virtual-reality experience, was created by Oscar-winning Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (right) with his longtime cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, and producer Mary Parent. In a transformed airplane hangar, the art installation simulated the harrowing trek of real-life migrants crossing the Mexican-American border. Currently on view at the Prada Foundation in Milan, it will also be shown on both sides of Donald Trump’s proposed border wall: at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Tlatelolco museum, in Mexico City. For more on the characters of Cannes, head to VF.com. ■…

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hot type

There’s a reason Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s tape recorder is on display in Stockholm’s Nobel Museum. As she writes in The Unwomanly Face of War (Random House), her oral history of women in W.W. II, “I build temples out of our feelings … Out of our desires, our disappointments. Dreams. Out of that which was, but might slip away.” First published in 1985, this translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky reveals the harrowing, brave, and even quotidian memories of Soviet women whose voices were nearly stifled by the mores of history. These accounts fight our ingrained ideas about what makes a war storyDebut novelist Zinzi Clemmons weaves an autobiographically inspired tapestry with What We Lose (Viking). In a moving series of vignettes that combine South Africa, Main Line Philadelphia,…

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according to : ilana glazer

BOOKGlazer has been on a James Baldwin kick, recently finishing The Fire Next Time and currently working through Another Country, which she calls the “most visceral, powerful writing I’ve ever read,” citing the “sharp-tongued exactness with which [Baldwin] flays and slices up American culture.”TELEVISIONWhile she can find reality television, in general, to be “degrading, and purposely, almost violently, demeaning to its subjects,” RuPaul’s Drag Race is a good time, Glazer assesses. “Somehow RuPaul made a reality show that’s empowering and anarchist and punk, authentically punk.”MOVIEThe film Glazer returns to again and again? The 1993 Robin Williams classic, Mrs. Doubtfire. It “always makes me feel good,” she says. “Sally Field is amazing. She’s so vulnerable in it; it’s an inspiring performance.”RESTAURANTB&H Dairy—a “Polish-owned, Mexican-run, Jewish-ish food place,” as she puts it—is…

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