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Vanity Fair Holiday 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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human bondage and spirits of freedom

Like tuberculosis and landlines, slavery seems very much a throwback to another century. But as William Langewiesche reports in his stirring dispatch “Slaves Without Chains,” on page 94, slavery can still be found in some form all over the world. Indeed, it is estimated that upwards of 20 million people are currently held in bondage. The problem is global, but Langewiesche focuses his tale on a single heroic figure—a Dominican friar in Brazil named Xavier Plassat—who for 25 years has been fighting slavery in the Amazon, at great risk to himself but with considerable success. Plassat’s target isn’t sex slavery—a global disgrace all its own. Most slaves are ordinary workers, women and men alike, condemned to lives of punishing labor: in diamond mines in parts of Africa, in the fields…

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zuckerberg unplugged

Max Chafkin’s article [“It’s All in the Eyes,” October] states that Mark Zuckerberg and Palmer Luckey dream of Neal Stephenson’s “metaverse,” “a nearly limitless virtual world [with] billions of plugged-in people. They will exchange ideas, buy and sell goods, such as virtual real estate … and have incredibly realistic cybersex.” Chafkin’s piece, documenting the techno-pagan elite’s creation of a virtual-reality headset to take us into the spiritual realm, describes what is to me reminiscent of Timothy Leary’s 1960s LSD aspirations. KENNETH C. MOSIER II Pensacola, Florida When driving to my house on a lake, I was taken by the changing leaves in all their color and glory. Earlier I had read an article in V.F. on virtual reality, and a line stuck in my mind: “What would be a better entertainment technology…

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WILLIAM LANGEWIESCHE In his 30 years of reporting from around the world, International Correspondent William Langewiesche has met slaves in Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, and Sudan—even in Southern California. But it was to Brazil that he ventured for his account of modern slavery, “Slaves Without Chains,” on page 94. “Brazil is a leader because it admits that systemic slavery exists,” says Langewiesche. “And it has taken strong action on that basis.” PAUL ELIE Half a century after Gabriel García Márquez hunkered down in a quiet part of Mexico City to write One Hundred Years of Solitude, Paul Elie revisits the novel’s creation in “50 Years of Solitude,” on page 120. “It’s very powerful to think that 50 years ago, right now, García Márquez was at a desk in a smoke-filled room, following the Buendía…

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the ideal first family

The presidential election is still pretty far off, but the verdict is in on First Families. We Americans know what we want, and what we don’t. We’d like a First Lady to have the style of Jackie Kennedy or Michelle Obama. Oh, and we’d like that stylish First Lady to be Stockard Channing—the one she portrayed in The West Wing. A “live-in older relative with a heart of gold” would be a plus, and if we factor in support for “a friendly dog that bites reporters,” that would create a nuclear First Family at least half the country could be solidly behind. And the First Progeny? Send them to private school, we say. And that next generation should be watched over by eagle-eyed Secret Service agents whose loyalty is to the president…

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whatever lola wants

KIRKE WEARS A SWEATER BY FENDI. LOLA KIRKE AGE: 25. PROVENANCE: New York City. BOHO CHIC: Mom, Lorraine, owns the vintage-clothing store Geminola, which provided many a Sex and the City outfit, and Dad, Simon, is a rock drummer (Bad Company). Sister Jemima is an actress (Girls) and sister Domino is a doula. Kirke is London-born and moved to New York City when she was five. AN EDUCATION: The actress studied film and electronic arts—“Bard’s way of saying experimental video”—at college and has long been a cinephile. “I began watching Julie Christie films when I was 15 years old. I wanted to be just like her.” AMERICAN GIRL: Kirke’s first starring role, as college freshman Tracy Fishko in last year’s Sundance favorite Mistress America, was written by indie power couple Noah…

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the barbie monologues

I t’s about time they gave me a voice and let me speak. Fifty-six years of having to play dress-up with four-year-olds. Trust me. I’ve had it. No offense, sweetie! No, I really don’t want to meet your other, non-talking Barbies. They’re plastic, empty-headed bitches, if you ask me. Sorry! By the way, I’m starving. Look at my waist. It’s smaller than Melissa McCarthy’s thumb. Please. Not Ken. He’s gay—not that I have any problem with that! But this isn’t a Stonewall demonstration, O.K.? Ken can’t make toast, much less love to a woman. Also, listen to me: Please get over the whole beauty-and-outfit thing. This is the real world. Women have changed. You could grow up to be Hillary Clinton or Carly Fiorina or that old lady who is friends with chimpanzees. Or you…