Vanity Fair

236 articles

A Rare, Personal Look at Oliver Sacks’s Early Career

Notes from a never-finished biography of the neurologist, humanist and writer.


Meet The Weather Underground’s Bomb Guru

What led to the 1970 explosion of a Greenwich Village townhouse, in which three members of the Weather Underground were killed, and what happened to the group after.

Excerpted from Days of Rage.


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Boston Marathon Bomber, Has the Most Ferocious Lawyer in America Defending Him

A profile of Judy Clarke, the publicity-shy anti-death-penalty attorney, who has defended the Unabomber, Susan Smith, and Jared Loughner.


Did the Princeton Preppy Murder His Hedge-Fund Dad?

Tommy Gilbert seemed like your average Beekman Place ne’er-do-well son—until his dad turned up dead.


The Meaning of Timothy McVeigh

On corresponding with the Oklahoma City bomber.


Behind the Scenes of the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie

In spite of the boiling-hot anticipation of its release, no one had much fun making this movie.


Darkness Visible

A novelist’s memoir of depression, whose “intrinsic malevolence” as a disease brought him close to suicide.


“They Have Your Emails.”

Seth Rogen, Amy Pascal, and the inside story of Sony’s hacking saga.


To Steal a Mockingbird?

How Harper Lee was duped into signing away the rights to To Kill a Mockingbird, which still sells 750,000 copies per year, and how she’s fighting to get them back.


Decoding The Starr Report

Ripping out the guts of an “utterly preposterous document”: the Starr Report on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.


From Gitmo to an American Supermax, The Horrors of Solitary Confinement

On the psychological damage punitive isolation inflicts upon Guantánamo and American prisoners alike.


A Matter of Life and Death

With a brutal cancer prognosis, a woman learns to live on borrowed time.

Winner of the 2006 National Magazine award for essays and criticism.