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Vanity Fair October 2019

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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Kimberly DREW “Upon a Star,” p. 78 “My favorite part of this process was when Lupita told me about her desire to guide her own narrative,” says Drew, the New York–based curator, writer, and activist who profiled Lupita Nyong’o for this month’s cover story. “I was impressed by how caring she is. She’s a strong-willed and wise person.” Aatish TASEER “A Rake’s Progress,” p. 116 In his profile of Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, Taseer found a cautionary, if familiar, tale. “What fascinated me most was his inability to resolve the push and pull of East and West,” says Taseer, author of The Twice-Born. “I have dealt with that too. But to me, he is a symbol of how wrong the meeting of cultures can go.” Jul ian LUCAS “Dread’s Rebellion,” p. 124 Lucas, a writer and critic…

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written in the stars

It’s been just six years since Lupita Nyong’o appeared in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and five and a half years since she won an Academy Award for her performance—her first role in a feature film. Since then, she has established herself as a lodestar in the firmament of contemporary cinema. She’s worked with Ryan Coogler in Black Panther, Jordan Peele in Us, and J.J. Abrams in the final Star Wars trilogy, the last installment of which comes out in December. This fall, Lupita makes another debut, this time as an author. She has written a children’s book, Sulwe, about a child “born the color of midnight.” The book is close to her heart, she tells Kimberly Drew in our cover story; she was moved to write it after…

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“It was creating performance art out of one’s own aspirations.”—John Green, Washington, D.C. Connecticut Convict Your two August stories about the travails of hedge funder Chip Skowron and Purdue Pharma’s David Sackler were similar in that both were rewarded with big paydays for doing wrong [“Look Homeward, Hedgie,” by Chris Pomorski; “Bitter Pill,” by Bethany McLean]. Skowron, who served time for securities fraud, and Sackler, whose family rode a tidal wave of OxyContin profits to the Forbes World’s Richest List, both plead their cases in your pages—and both fail. Skowron, who now feels most comfortable in prison, albeit one that he leaves each night after visiting his former cellmates, might be the same old “Hedgie” if his neighbors in Greenwich had not cast him out socially. And Sackler, who is upset that…

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opening act

Harris Dickinson speaks with V.F.’s Britt Hennemuth. Your first film was Beach Rats, a coming-out drama that was a breakout success at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. How were you discovered? I spent a lot of time in my mom’s bedroom making self-tape auditions because the light was good. I was working in a hotel in London when I got the script, and I Skyped [filmmaker] Eliza Hittman from my childhood home. I have her to thank for my launch because you can’t ask for more than what she gave on that film. She gets a text from me now and again with a little smiley face and an update. What are your memories from your first trip to Sundance, that all-American film festival? The three other, completely uninhibited actors in Beach Rats…

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TALK OF THE TOWN Calf’s liver. Jellied consommé. A martini with a “sidecar” of the second pour on ice. Musso & Frank Grill has earned a devoted dinership serving such holdover classics, and this month, Hollywood’s oldest restaurant marks its centennial—an achievement in a town of fickle fad dining. What’s the grill’s secret ingredient for success? Keith Richards might describe it best: “tradition.” The waiters’ red jackets match the leather booths at the family-owned institution, where legends past and present have sat: Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Garbo, and Tarantino, who featured Musso’s in his recent film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. And to ring in its 100th birthday, The Musso & Frank Grill book—part guest book, part cookbook—by V.F. contributing editor Michael Callahan, is out this month. —BRITT HENNEMUTH “I always go into Musso &…

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the life melodic

1 Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith (Knopf “I could feel the gravitational pull of home, which when I’m home becomes the gravitational pull of somewhere else,” writes the author and musician in her lyrical retelling of one nomadic year. 2 High School by Sara and Tegan Quin (MCD) In alternating chapters, the twins, band members and queer activists, relive their entangled high school years. 3 Hurricanes by Rick Ross with Neil Martinez-Belkin (Hanover Square Press) The rapper details coming of age in a financially depleted Florida community, his run-ins with the law, and how he made music—and money—out of personal strife. 4 Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren (Simon & Schuster) This gripping biography charts the brilliant and troubled blues singer, from life in small-town Texas to discovering Kerouac, San Francisco, and her own musical self. 5 Horror Stories by Liz Phair (Random House) The…