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The Cold War is the comeback geezer of dramatic genres, the original, minatory “Winter Is Coming.” The genre that gave us doomsday nail-biters (Fail Safe), let-it-rip satire (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), cold-sweat fever dreams (The Manchurian Candidate), and penitential studies ...
James Wolcott's review in the London Review of Books was the longest and nastiest. It began with a quote from ... What was Edwin Frank, the editor of New York Review Books, thinking when he decided to reprint Making It? Had he seen virtues in the book that the fog of schadenfreude had obscured in 1967? Would a new ...

In the quarter-century since Vanity Fair launched the Hollywood Issue, show business has changed in fundamental ways, as have magazines. .... Top: V.F. features editor Jane Sarkin and Annie Leibovitz review wardrobe options with Jessica Diehl; Bottom: Annie with the photo team and Michael Shannon ...
How do you solve a problem like Lena? It may not be the most pressing musical question before the nation, yet it must be addressed, otherwise Lena Dunham—writer, director, actor, essayist, memoirist, and varsity-league exhibitionist—will persist in being an irksome source of distraction, like a moth flapping against a bare ...
Subscribe to Vanity Fair today. ... disgraced men, a human laptop compared with beanbags of complication such as Weinstein, Toback, Spacey, CK, and Leon Wieseltier, the former New Republic literary editor fired from his new post after numerous women recounted their run-ins with his lechery during his previous tenure.
It is my dearly beloved hope (yours too, I trust) that it won't take another presidential election to expel the Desecrator in Chief from the premises, to liberate us from the otiose spectacle of Donald Trump tramping over the Constitution in his golf spikes and exercising his tweeting thumbs at the expense of decency, democracy, ...

If nothing else (and there's plenty else), The Deuce, premiering Sunday on HBO, gets midtown crudball New York in the 70s dead right. It specifically nails the early 70s, when the corruption and cynicism of the Nixon Watergate scandal infiltrated every pore. Other recent 70s-set series—Vinyl, the ...
I've always found the attraction of sadomasochism a bit of a puzzler. I understand its theatrical appeal—the Catwoman dominatrix outfit, the dripping dungeon, the nifty props (whips, candles, cat-o'-nine-tails)—but, from the perspective of the submissive, all that kneeling, groveling, and ee-owing under the booted heels of ...
This is strictly, sketchily anecdotal, so don't strap me to the wall and drill for data, but listening to fellow liberal neurotic Democrats over the last year, I detect a sense of abandonment. Of Obandonment, to be more precise. Obama, Obama, where art thou? The Bat Signal scours the city night in vain for thee. Think of it ...
I won't bore you with the details of my complex emotions right now, but I will say that being the editor of Vanity Fair may well be one of the most extraordinary .... Nick Tosches, Matt Tyrnauer, Benjamin Wallace, Francis Wheen, Jim Windolf, Ned Zeman, and our iconic columnists James Wolcott and Michael Kinsley, and you ...
In the quarter-century since Vanity Fair launched the Hollywood Issue, show business has changed in fundamental ways, as have magazines. ... Top: V.F. features editor Jane Sarkin and Annie Leibovitz review wardrobe options with Jessica Diehl; Bottom: Annie with the photo team and Michael Shannon ...
Here are the facts Vanity Fair and James Wolcott would have learned had they spent five minutes on the telephone engaging in rudimentary fact-checking: (1) Lori worked in my annex office in Okaloosa County, Florida. (2) I met her no more than three times; I was never alone with her. (3) I didn't leave ...
How do you solve a problem like Lena? It may not be the most pressing musical question before the nation, yet it must be addressed, otherwise Lena Dunham—writer, director, actor, essayist, memoirist, and varsity-league exhibitionist—will persist in being an irksome source of distraction, like a moth flapping against a bare ...
As a dramatis persona, Halperin is probably the least compelling of 2017's hit parade of disgraced men, a human laptop compared with beanbags of complication such as Weinstein, Toback, Spacey, CK, and Leon Wieseltier, the former New Republic literary editor fired from his new post after numerous women recounted ...
It is my dearly beloved hope (yours too, I trust) that it won't take another presidential election to expel the Desecrator in Chief from the premises, to liberate us from the otiose spectacle of Donald Trump tramping over the Constitution in his golf spikes and exercising his tweeting thumbs at the expense of decency, democracy, ...
If nothing else (and there's plenty else), The Deuce, premiering Sunday on HBO, gets midtown crudball New York in the 70s dead right. It specifically nails the early 70s, when the corruption and cynicism of the Nixon Watergate scandal infiltrated every pore. Other recent 70s-set series—Vinyl, the ...
I've always found the attraction of sadomasochism a bit of a puzzler. I understand its theatrical appeal—the Catwoman dominatrix outfit, the dripping dungeon, the nifty props (whips, candles, cat-o'-nine-tails)—but, from the perspective of the submissive, all that kneeling, groveling, and ee-owing under the booted heels of ...

Max Boot, military historian and journalist, is another member of the neocon camp who has mounted up against the geopolitical fecklessness of Trump, and there are times, I confess, when I even find myself nodding in agreement with the anti-Trump gibes of Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard and one of the ...
For the first time since the ancient mists of the Chester A. Arthur administration, back when presidents had whiskers and posed for daguerreotypes, the country finds itself without an active, gracious, fully engaged First Lady, one half of a matching set. Melania Trump, the nominal First Lady, has been teleported into the ...
With the death of The New York Review of Books's co-founder and monarchical editor, Robert B. Silvers, falling so quickly on the scuffed heels of the death of columnist, reporter, novelist, and Norman Mailer's former running mate for mayor of New York, Jimmy Breslin, it was the end of an era delivered with ...
Internet clickbait promotes mental tooth decay, squirting synthetic controversy out of a can of Reddi-wip, but an article by Eileen Jones on January 9 went out of its way to swirl it on extra thick. Headlined AGAINST MERYL STREEP, the indictment declared, “Meryl Streep's speechifying at the Golden Globes was the worst ...
James Wolcott is a columnist at Vanity Fair and the author, most recently, of “Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in the Seventies ...
Is the presidency of Donald Trump the price America paid for Hugh Hefner's sins? Did Playboy magazine's gospel of monogrammed hedonism ultimately ...
James Wolcott wrote in 1988 for Vanity Fair, “The New Republic has a ... And as literary editor, Wieseltier published very few women, at least at ...
It is my dearly beloved hope (yours too, I trust) that it won't take another presidential election to expel the Desecrator in Chief from the premises, to liberate us ...
Subscribe to Vanity Fair today. ... In “The Potemkin Prince,” Contributing Editor Rich Cohen (like me, a veteran of the old Observer) traces ... the typos in presidential tweetstorms—columnist James Wolcott foresees the inevitability of a truncated ...
If nothing else (and there's plenty else), The Deuce, premiering Sunday on HBO, gets midtown crudball New York in the 70s dead right.
Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington editor of The New York Times. Ashley Parker, White House reporter for The Washington Post. Jenna Johnson, political reporter ...
I've always found the attraction of sadomasochism a bit of a puzzler. I understand its theatrical appeal—the Catwoman dominatrix outfit, the dripping dungeon, ...
Subscribe to Vanity Fair today. ... with the anti-Trump gibes of Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard and one of the archbishops of neoconservatism.
For the first time since the ancient mists of the Chester A. Arthur administration, back when presidents had whiskers and posed for daguerreotypes, the country ...
With the death of The New York Review of Books's co-founder and monarchical editor, Robert B. Silvers, falling so quickly on the scuffed heels ...
Internet clickbait promotes mental tooth decay, squirting synthetic controversy out of a can of Reddi-wip, but an article by Eileen Jones on January 9 went out of ...
Lawfare managing editor and Brookings fellow, Hennessey adds a note of sobriety to this all-star list, her title and perhaps temperament not ...
The departure of long-serving "Vanity Fair" editor Graydon Carter ... like James Wolcott and Marie Brenner spoke of their gratitude and grief.
And yet what a glorious tradition writing about TV there was been: Michael Arlen, Clive James, John Leonard, James Wolcott, David Foster ...
The staff of Vanity Fair was saluting the magazine's longtime editor, ... like James Wolcott and Marie Brenner spoke of their gratitude and grief.
New Yorker Editor David Remnick confirmed her death, but did not ... James Wolcott, among others who knew Shawn, wrote in Vanity Fair that ...
... of Richard Goldstein, Robert Christgau, Tom Carson, James Wolcott, .... The Voice may be bigger than print and ink or any owner, editor, ...
If nothing else (and there's plenty else), The Deuce, premiering Sunday on HBO, gets midtown crudball New York in the 70s dead right.
... photography, and thought-provoking features, subscribe now to Vanity Fair magazine. .... Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington editor of The New York Times.
The liberal writer James Wolcott wrote a piece for Vanity Fair in March arguing that, "The alt-left can't match [the alt-right] for strength, ...
The centrist Vanity Fair writer James Wolcott is among those who has previously savaged an “alt-left” straw man of his own creation.
The alt-right and alt-left “caterwaul some of the same tunes in different keys,” writes Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott (3/3/17). President ...
This middle-of-the-road tongue-clucking appeared earlier this year, in a Vanity Fair article by James Wolcott, pointing a finger at the so-called ...
This middle-of-the-road tongue-clucking appeared earlier this year, in a Vanity Fair article by James Wolcott, pointing a finger at the so-called ...
As Vanity Fair's James Wolcott recently noted, Trump practiced the “time-honored art of blame shifting” to destroy his factotum Spicer, raging at ...
... which came from a 1997 Vanity Fair article by James Wolcott. ... thirty books and is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine.
I've always found the attraction of sadomasochism a bit of a puzzler. I understand its theatrical appeal—the Catwoman dominatrix outfit, the dripping dungeon, ...
... and thought-provoking features, subscribe now to Vanity Fair magazine. ... of Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard and one of the archbishops of ...


 

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