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Vanity Fair December 2018

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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VISIT Get Lost Out Here The turquoise waters and pinksand beaches of Bermuda are home to more than just beauty. They’re also home to a mystique that’s drawn adventure seekers, explorers and romantics to Bermuda’s shores for over four centuries. Bermuda encompasses 21 square miles of natural wonders, unique history and colourful culture. And with direct flights averaging less than two hours from major U.S. East Coast cities – including 90 minute flights from NYC – Bermuda offers a quick escape from the ordinary. EAT See You in the Sky Manhatta, from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, combines sky-high views with the down-to-earth spirit of a neighborhood restaurant. Chef Jason Pfeifer cooks seasonal and soulful food inspired by French flavors, complemented by a wine menu deep in Burgundy. Perched sixty stories above Lower Manhattan,…

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editor’s letter

Natalie Portman films arrive like events—not in the box-office sense of a tentpole movie but as heightened moments in the craft of acting, all the more special for their rarity. Closer and Black Swan are two of my favorite films of this century, and both hinge on her fierce performances—uniquely intimate, emotionally complex, utterly absorbing. As Durga Chew-Bose writes in her cover story, there are few actresses who channel control and intensity the way Portman does. With Vox Lux, in which Portman plays a phoenix-like pop star whose young voice rises out of tragedy, she taps two live wires in the American Zeitgeist—the post-traumatic stress that follows an act of mass violence, and the culture of extreme fame. If A Star Is Born strips its lead, Lady Gaga, down to…

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Durga Chew-Bose “Voice of Light” p. 104 Growing up in the 1990s, Chew-Bose found this month’s cover star, Natalie Portman, “strangely ubiquitous” in her life. Author of Too Much and Not the Mood, she still vividly recalls a Seventeen cover of Portman: “It became like a time stamp of my adolescence—a part of my visual magazine history.” Kiese Laymon “Now That She’s Free” p. 102 “In the early drafts of my book, I wrote about my mother’s desire for me to talk like the Obamas,” says Laymon, the author of Heavy: An American Memoir. “So when Vanity Fair asked me to write about Michelle, I was ecstatic to think about her not just as a political figure but as a gifted rhetorician.” Joe Pompeo “The Trump Gold Rush at CNN” p. 115 When the Hive’s senior media correspondent first covered CNN,…

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“I have never been so in awe of our youth.”—Susan Gerakaris Family Ties Thank you for your insightful article about the DeVos family’s reign in West Michigan [“Hostile Takeover,” by Sam Tanenhaus, October]. One correction: In 2016, Holland, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo voted Democratic. Even my small town of 2,500 voted Democratic. The DeVoses have a hold on the area but do not completely own us. Mary Lukens, Douglas, Michigan Jesus, a first-century Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, would see the DeVoses in league with Rome, especially since the Prince side of the family operates a mercenary army. Why don’t we just call them what they are: rich opportunists who want to coat their social Darwinism in the colors of the Bible? Julie Wulferdingen, Berkeley, California Dress-up I read your October issue with utter delight. I…

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opening act

V.F.’s Krista Smith speaks with Lucas Hedges, the Academy Award–nominated actor. You’re making your Broadway debut in the revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery. Why this play? It’s an autobiographical play that Kenny wrote about the end of his grandmother’s life. I get to act alongside Elaine May, Joan Allen, and Michael Cera. It’s a great group of people, and it’s a meditation on what it means to lose a person. Most everyone has a grandparent or a parent whose mind is going in some way, and it’s a really, really special play. Kenneth Lonergan directed you in Manchester by the Sea, which landed you an Oscar nomination. Has there been a reunion? I was with him for a few weeks of rehearsal, which was very nice. I feel like I’ve grown up,…

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celluloid heroes

1 Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood (Custom House) By Karina Longworth From the force behind the podcast You Must Remember This comes a book exploring the glamour and misogyny of classic Hollywood through the stories of Howard Hughes’s female colleagues and conquests—among them, Katharine Hepburn and Jean Harlow. The business magnate and filmmaker reads as Old Hollywood’s own Harvey Weinstein. 2 Nothing Is Lost: Selected Essays (Knopf) By Ingrid Sischy The late writer and editor’s posthumous essay collection spans 30 years of reporting on culture’s biggest personalities, including artists (Robert Mapplethorpe, Jeff Koons), designers (Miuccia Prada, Calvin Klein), and the glittering stars of the big screen, ranging from a mature Elizabeth Taylor to a 22-year-old Kristen Stewart, whom Sischy lauded as one of her generation’s “few misfits.” 3 Dear Los…