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Vanity Fair October 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 Bold, Boutique, Bisha Meet Bisha, the new luxury boutique hotel found in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district. Unabashedly original, the hotel’s piercing 44-stories are home to 96 luxury rooms and suites, private residences and some of the country’s most sought-after restaurants. Curated for the creative soul, guests are enticed to indulge in a true Bisha experience, from the luxe lobby, Mister C Lounge, French Made Cafe, Akira Back, rooftop restaurant KOST with unparalleled city skyline views, to your overnight oasis. Luxuriate your senses. READ These Truths By Jill Lepore The award-winning historian and New Yorker writer crafts the most ambitious one-volume history of the United States in decades, tracing the intertwined histories of politics, law, journalism and technology, from the colonial town meeting to Facebook News. Walter Isaacson says it’s “inspiring and enlightening,” adding…

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Irin Carmon “The Justice and Ms. Jones” p. 126 Carmon says she “loved nerding out about the justice with Felicity Jones,” who plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex. Carmon’s wedding last year was officiated by Ginsburg, and an exhibition adapted from her book, Notorious RBG, opens in October at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Joy Press “Just F.Y.I.” p. 108 When the V.F. TV correspondent interviewed Murphy Brown creator Diane English for her 2015 book about women in television, neither expected that Murphy would soon return to prime time. “It was amazing,” Press says, “to check in with English and her crusading alter ego.” Dave Cullen “The Parkland Ground Game” p. 112 While spending 10 years writing Columbine, Cullen says he suffered secondary PTSD and swore he’d never return to a mass shooting’s immediate aftermath.…

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editor’s letter

Early in the film On the Basis of Sex, when Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s husband and fellow Harvard Law student, Marty, is diagnosed with testicular cancer, Ruth comes up with a plan to keep him on track to graduate. She begins attending his classes in addition to her own, racing from lecture to lecture like Hermione Granger without a Time-Turner. She is one of only nine women in her class of more than 500, and the juggling act she masters at that time in her life—law student by day; mother, wife, and spousal teaching assistant by night—is an almost comically impressive performance of work-life balance. Not that it helps her get a job. As we see in a series of powerful and infuriating scenes, no law firm in New York City…

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“Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see…”—Jack Hanley World Wide Worry Your story about Tim Berners-Lee’s call to arms to save the Internet [“‘I was devastated,’” by Katrina Brooker, August] brought to mind a comment made by journalist Bernard Levin some 40 years ago in The Times (October 3, 1978): “The silicon chip will transform everything, except everything that matters, and the rest will still be up to us.” Aux barricades! Brendan Kelly, Dublin, Ireland We see that Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee hopes to save us by inventing a new “decentralized” Web that protects our privacy. But why not save ourselves with a new law? This law would simply extend the privacy we all expect of letters, phone calls, telegrams, and faxes to the “datagrams” of the Internet. These Internet-protocol…

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opening act

V.F.’s Krista Smith speaks with KiKi Layne, who stars as Tish in the film adaptation of the James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk. One of your first acting jobs was with Lena Waithe. What was that like? It was the pilot for her show The Chi, which was shot in 2015, but Showtime redeveloped it into the series that’s on now. So it was brief, but I’m still trying to work with Lena. I ran into her at Essence Fest and I was looking at her like, “Girl, it didn’t work out the first time, but I know you up to something.” How long had you been acting at that point? I was always acting. Growing up, my favorite movie was The Lion King. I used to watch it every day and…

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from page to screen

1 The Sisters Brothers By Patrick deWitt French director Jacques Audiard makes his English-language debut with this Western adaptation. THE STORY: Hit-men brothers Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli (John C. Reilly) cut a violent and wryly comic path across Gold Rush–era California in search of a mysterious man (Riz Ahmed) and an invention that might change their fortunes. Opens September 21. 2 Boy Erased By Garrard Conley Actor-director Joel Edgerton stars in the adaptation alongside Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe. THE STORY: Conley, the son of an Arkansas preacher, evocatively recalls his teenage years spent struggling with his sexuality, and the “ex-gay” conversion therapy program he sought out to suppress it. Opens November 2. 3 Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life By Jane Sherron De Hart Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer star in On the Basis of Sex, about…