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Vanity Fair March 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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BETHANY McLEAN On page 118, Contributing Editor Bethany McLean, who began her career as a Goldman Sachs analyst, examines why big banks appear unaffected by the vociferous #MeToo movement. “Wall Street’s definition of ‘mentorship’ shouldn’t be ‘I’m going to sit down and talk to you about your career,’” says McLean, who interviewed more than 20 women in finance. “It needs to be ‘I’m going to put my ass on the line to get you promoted,’ the way men do for other men.” MONICA LEWINSKY Contributing Editor Monica Lewinsky’s 2014 V.F. essay, “Shame and Survival,” earned an asme nomination. In “#MeToo and Me” (page 146), she considers how our nation, 20 years after Kenneth Starr’s investigation, has begun to question its pernicious readiness to gaslight victims. “I started writing shortly before the #MeToo movement…

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editor’s letter

There’s a movie coming out this month that I’ve been waiting all my life to see: A Wrinkle in Time, based on Madeleine L’Engle’s fantasy novel, which was published in 1962 but is only now receiving its first big-screen adaptation. There was almost no novel to adapt. Twenty-six publishers rejected L’Engle’s manuscript before John Farrar, of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, took it on. You can imagine how A Wrinkle in Time may have perplexed publishers. The plot hinges on shortcuts through the space-time continuum; it leavens its central fight against evil with amusing scenes involving midnight liverwurst sandwiches. But at its core L’Engle’s tale tackles a problem most people have to cope with sooner or later: how to be yourself in a world that prefers conformity. I was born in New…

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stage notes

In Vanity Fair’s March portfolio, we celebrate stage presence and style with veterans and breakout stars treading the boards in New York and London. They have roles in an adaptation of a classic film, an addendum to a fantastical literary opus, revivals of radical scripts, and trailblazing new works—and they deliver some of the most electrifying performances seen on either side of the pond in recent memory. Earlier this year, 12 actors and one playwright assembled across three days in New York and London to sit for photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Academy Award nominee Andrew Garfield had the chance to meet Golden Globe winner Matt Bomer for the first time and compare notes on their landmark revivals—Angels in America and The Boys in the Band, respectively—while Garfield offered advice on Bomer’s Broadway…

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sorry not sorry

I was impressed by James Wolcott’s pyrotechnic style [“Ms. Dunham Regrets,” February]. I am an old man who has never heard of Tiny Furniture; has heard of Girls but never seen an episode; has never heard of the Lenny newsletter; is not familiar with the persons and incidents he refers to; and in fact has never heard of Lena Dunham. His arguments, however impressively presented, have me—oddly—taking her part, not his. I eagerly anticipate learning about this apparently very interesting Dunham person. JOHN WIRTH Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania As Wolcott describes, it is so problematic that Dunham doesn’t learn from her mistakes. She continues to say horrible things and then backtracks. According to Zinzi Clemmons, she has a long history of this. It’s a shame because I know that she has talent, but there…

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more from the v.f.   mailbag

“While I was at home recovering from hip-replacement surgery, the November issue of V.F. arrived,” writes Katie McCurry, of St. Paul, Minnesota. “Unbeknownst to me, the taking of industrial-strength painkillers followed by the reading of ‘The Potemkin Prince,’ by Rich Cohen, about Jared Kushner, was strongly ill-advised. It was a nightmare-ridden sleep, not to be wished on anyone.” Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Ms. McCurry—from the hip replacement, the nightmares, and the sheer horror of our current reality. “It is well documented how Jared Kushner got into Harvard,” writes Elizabeth Johnson, of Saugus, Massachusetts. “The more intriguing question is: How did he get out?” For all the feedback regarding Mr. Kushner, it’s actually his father-in-law who gets most of the attention this month. Many readers—O.K., Marianne Dougherty, of Santa Barbara,…

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zazie beetz

AGE: 26. PROVENANCE: Berlin and Manhattan. BUNKMATES: “When the Berlin Wall came down, my dad left to visit the U.S. He met my mom at this summer camp where they were both working, so I grew up between Washington Heights and Germany speaking two languages.” EXTRA-CURRICULAR: Once Beetz was cast in plays at her N.Y.C. elementary school—Guys and Dolls and The Music Man—her love of acting led her to LaGuardia High School for the performing arts. “My entire career is focused on trying to replicate those experiences. I was enamored with the beauty of performing.” GONE SOUTH: Upon graduation from Skidmore College with a degree in French, she began auditioning and quickly landed the role of Van in Donald Glover’s Emmy-winning FX series, Atlanta. “Seventy-five percent of the show is…