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Vanity Fair August 2018

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LISA ROBINSON For this month’s cover story on Kendrick Lamar (“Kendrick Ascendant,” page 42), Contributing Editor Lisa Robinson, who met with Lamar over a series of days in New York, says, “I was incredibly impressed with Kendrick’s obsessive commitment to his music. He’s a perfectionist, and he feels he hasn’t done his best work yet.” Robinson adds, “He takes responsibility as a leader, not only for his hometown of Compton, but for the world of hip-hop in general.” Also in this issue, Robinson, who is writing a book about women in music, talks to Tank of Tank and the Bangas. ERIC KONIGSBERG “I find art-fraud stories inherently interesting,” says writer Eric Konigsberg, who spoke to the man responsible for the furniture-forgery operation that conned Versailles as well as to the man who uncovered…

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editor’s letter

Summer has always meant music to me. My father was a folk singer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during the 60s. After a few years he traded in performance for production, traveling the world as a road manager for Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, and helping produce some of the original, iconic music festivals of the American canon: the Newport Folk Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. It was a labor of love that became his life’s work, as well as a family avocation. When school was out, my siblings and I didn’t go to camp. We went on the festival circuit. As young kids we sat backstage or in the wings, falling asleep on amp cases; when we got older, we stocked dressing rooms with…

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meghan remarkable

I was delighted to read your coverage of the young royals before seeing their wedding ceremony, on May 19. How heartening to learn of a woman from humble beginnings who made a name for herself in an altruistic way. I hope her philanthropic endeavors continue, as is almost a requirement now by someone of her status (such as when Princess Diana worked to promote awareness of the dangers of land mines). Charity is the area where those common causes for the greater good don’t pit any political view against another. Meghan and Harry’s marriage also represents a union of cultural narratives: Stateside and across the pond. My sense is, like Grace Kelly before her, Meghan Markle will bring a renewed splendor to both societies. ROSE PEBLES McLean, Virginia LADY OF THE HOUSE Thank…

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EVENT Vanity Fair & TNT Celebrate The Alienist Vanity Fair and Turner teamed up to host a For Your Consideration event in Los Angeles at the Wallis Annenberg Center celebrating TNT’s 19th-century themed detective drama, The Alienist. The event kicked off with a screening and panel discussion with cast members Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, Executive Producer & Director Jakob Verbruggen, Executive Producer Rosalie Swedlin, Costume Designer Michael Kaplan, and Production Designer Mara LePere-Schloop. Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Correspondent, Rebecca Keegan moderated the conversation, hitting on topics including the show’s realism and prospects for a second season. Following the discussion, TNT re-created elements of the 19th-century mood for Emmy voters at an after-party with falling snow, the show’s costumes, production design sketches, and performances from the immersive theater group, Little Cinema. SHOP #BareSkinProject Powered…

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Eliza Scanlen AGE: 19. PROVENANCE: Sydney, Australia. THE BUG: “When I was seven, my mom took my twin sister and me to a play,” Scanlen recalls. “I remember being fascinated about life onstage.” THE AMBITION: “When I got a bit older, I put on my own plays and forced my friends to perform.” In high school, she landed a role on Home and Away, the Australian soap and Hollywood launchpad for stars like Naomi Watts and the Hemsworth brothers. THE GET: This month, Scanlen makes her American TV debut, in HBO’s Sharp Objects, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies) and based on the best-seller by Gillian Flynn. “I was a fan of [Flynn’s] Gone Girl, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I put myself on tape anyway…

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‘It is strange,” Vladimir Nabokov once wrote, “the morbid inclination we have to derive satisfaction from the fact (generally false and always irrelevant) that a work of art is traceable to a ‘true story.’” These words are lifted from his 1944 study of Russian master Nikolai Gogol, but they would not be out of place in Nabokov’s own autobiography, Speak, Memory. The author’s lifelong mission was the pursuit of his art, and those who dared question him about the real-life inspirations and meanings of his fiction soon realized their mistake. Yet in Nabokov’s Lolita—the much-vaunted and still-controversial novel of a European gentleman’s illicit relationship with a 12-year-old American girl, celebrating the 60th anniversary of its American publication this August—one line thrums with the overtones of corporeal inspiration. It’s toward the end…