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Vanity Fair May 2017

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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EVGENIA PERETZ “I started out thinking that Melania was a bit of a victim—a bird in a gilded cage,” says Contributing Editor Evgenia Peretz, who, in “He Comes First,” on page 92, scrutinizes the reticent First Lady’s relationship with Donald Trump and her possible plans for her White House tenure. “But over the course of reporting, her complicity in her own fate became apparent.” Peretz is currently revising a film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, filming in London this summer. NICK BILTON For Special Correspondent Nick Bilton, the story of Ross Ulbricht, founder of the Internet drug hub Silk Road, is one, quite literally, close to home. “He was arrested in a tiny public library just a few blocks from my house,” Bilton says. “I was so amazed that someone ran…

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trump family values

It hasn’t been a particularly good month for the grandiose hothead in the Oval Office. Just as the chaos within the West Wing was starting to resemble the economy section of a United Airlines flight, the president dipped into the nation’s pocket and blew $60 million worth of Tomahawk missiles on an attack on Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad after Trump was shown images and TV reports that Assad had used what was later determined to be sarin gas on civilians, including children. The gas attack was horrific; the U.S. response, impulsive and ineffectual (and a reversal of Trump’s own stated policy). It told the Syria-Russia coalition that Trump was unpredictable and given to showy gestures—a description all too familiar to most Americans these days. More to the point, it diverted…

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time travel

What an amazing, heart-stopping, smart, crisp, and clear article. Almost a song unto itself, Sheila Weller’s beautiful piece “It Happened in 1967” [March] captured the moment, the feelings, and the breaking-away freedom for the women of the times—and most of us are still here, with our iron and lace! JUDY COLLINS New York, New York I am now 66 years old, but just a minute ago, in 1967, I was 16. Sheila Weller’s article is everything it should be, with its gorgeous photos, evocative memories, and great perspective. In 1967, Judy Collins’s “Both Sides Now” touched me deeply (as it still does). I was being treated for anorexia nervosa at the Payne Whitney clinic, in Manhattan. That hospital seemed to be a collective of the pain of those times, despite the Summer of…

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just the news, please

Talk about ambivalence! We have a president who tweets about “failing” and “lying” news outlets—but then calls up two of his biggest targets (The New York Times and The Washington Post) when he desperately needs to get a point across. Ordinary Americans betray their own contradictions. We just want the facts, or so we say—don’t waste our time packaging the news as entertainment. (That explains why the PBS NewsHour is the mass-market juggernaut it has become.) While Democrats believe that freedom of the press is fundamental to democracy, more than a third of Republicans believe this First Amendment right does “more harm than good.” As for “alternative facts”: although a majority of Americans see through the political doublespeak, 50 percent of Republicans regard alternative facts not as lies but as…

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kelly rohrbach

AGE: 27. PROVENANCE: Greenwich, Connecticut. FULL HOUSE: “I’m one of five kids. I derive all my confidence from my family.” BOYS’ CLUB: Following her father’s lead, Rohrbach started golfing at four. “My team was all guys, but I didn’t care.” BALLS IN THE AIR: After competing in national tournaments, Rohrbach was recruited to play Division I for Georgetown University, where she tried acting. “I started doing plays and loved the warmth and the community, and soon realized my heart was in it.” She graduated with a theater major. LEFT COAST: On moving to L.A.: “I don’t believe in waiting for the phone to ring. I Googled ‘How to get an agent,’ and went from there.” SWIMSUIT ADDITION: Noticing the trajectories of other models turned actors, she cast a wide net…

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picture perfect

Maurice and Paul Marciano, two brothers behind the Guess empire, have found a home for their contemporary-art collection: a former Masonic temple, which sat empty for years on L.A.’s Wilshire Boulevard near Hancock Park. The Marciano Art Foundation, opening May 25, will showcase their 1,500-piece-plus collection, including Doug Aitken’s light-box photograph Rise, seen here. Admission to the museum is free, so Unpacking: The Marciano Collection (Prestel), a lavish book that accompanies the inaugural exhibition, is a worthy souvenir. ( Hot Type It was probably very old-fashioned of her, but she did not like to see a grown man cry.” There is something practically trademarkable about Elizabeth Strout’s characters and their cadence. Fans of Lucy Barton will clock a familiar constellation of personalities in the Pulitzer Prize winner’s exquisite new novel, Anything Is…