Place settings at the annual Vanity Fair Oscar dinner party included a Zippo lighter engraved with a Christopher Hitchens quotation.
Vanity Fair examines the risks inherent in taking on a “baby agent”–that is, one in the early twenties. They’re better, though, than “in utero agents” in their teens; those little jerks just roll your eyes when you try to get them to do anything!
Scott Rudin has won the Read More
Since 1995, Vanity Fair has released an annual gatefold cover spotlighting hot new stars (with occasional breaks for covers featuring “legends” or Barack Obama). This is a risky game: the 1995 cover featured Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Julianne Moore, while the 2000 cover Read More
Conde Nast has reportedly agreed to take on an additional 133,000 square feet of office space at 1 World Trade Center, adding to the 1.05 million it has already committed to at the yet-to-be-completed skyscraper, the New York Post reported.
Here’s a fun one to close the week out with: We recently discovered the unequivocal joy that is Vanity Fair‘s fashion market director, Michael Carl, on Twitter. He is, in a word, fantastic. This is also the most public insight into the inner-workings of Conde Nast since the world has been without Conde Elevator.
So Kim Jong Il, Christopher Hitchens and former Czech president Václav Havel walk up to Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates of Heaven …
If you’ve been lost in the static of radio silence this past week, you must be thinking, “What a witty opener for that Upper West Side Christmas party!” Unfortunately, the humor is coarsened by the fact that the North Korean supreme leader, outspoken British-turned-American intellectual and Eastern European politician moonlighting as everything under the literary sun all passed away this weekend. We can’t help but imagine Mr. Hitchens being amused by the inevitable comparisons that one could draw between him and the company he’ll be keeping in the newsworthy obits this week: The pages of which will be filled with terms like “revolutionary,” “tyrannical,” “egomaniacal” and “possibly insane.” (And that’s just for Mr. Hitchens!) It’s dark humor, of course, but did the Vanity Fair contributing editor know any other kind?
GQ‘s “25 Least Influential People Alive” list, written by Deadspin’s Drew Magary, is at the top of our “Most Controversial Lists of the Day” list.
Tim Pawlenty was number one the list, deemed an “aggressively forgettable” “six-foot-tall paperweight” whose campaign money “might as well have been burned in front of a group of Read More
GQ’s annual man of the year issue is a split run, with covers featuring veteran man of the year Jay-Z, newcomer Michael Fassbender, bromantic Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, and Mila Kunis.
It’s a quick return to GQ for Ms. Kunis, who shared its cover with a venti iced coffee in April.
Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter has poached Chris Dixon, New York magazine’s design director, according to an internal memo sent out today.
Longtime VF design director David Harris is reducing his role at the magazine.
Mag Culture points out that Mr. Dixon has held is own at New York since graduating from the Luke Hayman school of magazine design. Hugo Lindgren, formerly of New York, tweeted his congrats.
Full memo below.
When the journalist David Dobbs first had the idea of writing an article about his mother’s love affair with a flight surgeon during World War II, he initially went the traditional route: he pitched the story to several magazines. Mr. Dobbs, who has written for The New York Times Magazine, Wired and National Geographic, usually writes about science, so the piece was a bit of a departure. The magazines he approached turned him down. He suspected at the time that the scale of the story was one problem—it was a complicated tale, hard to fit in a magazine, even at 6,000 or 8,000 words. Dedicated to his story despite the rejections, Mr. Dobbs started talking to Evan Ratliff, editor and co-founder of the online startup The Atavist, a self-described “boutique publishing house” that produces non-fiction articles for e-readers and smart phones.