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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vanity Fair

I love magazines. I read a wide variety of magazines.  My favorite, without a doubt, is Vanity Fair.  I have read Vanity Fair for 20 years.  It has great stories, photos and blurbs about clothing, cars, products, music and books. When a new issue arrives, I like to sit in the Bud Cave, with a cocktail or a cup of coffee and dig through it. I am reading the magazine this morning with the music of trumpet player Chris Botti playing in the back ground.

When I read Vanity Fair, I typically have at my side (i) a colored pen for underline interesting passages in the articles; (ii)e a pair of scissors to cut out blurbs referencing websites to check out or books to read; and (iii) a small Moleskine note book to scribble notes.  (If you don’t know Moleskine note books check them out on Google.  They are terrific small notebooks handy for pocket or purse.  You can buy them at Barnes and Noble.)

The current issue of Vanity Fair is terrific:

 - An article by regular contributor James Wolcott describing his literary obsession with Norman Mailer and Mailer’s assistance in helping Mr. Wolcott obtain employment at the Village Voice newspaper in the early 1970’s.

- An article about the current tea party with references to the founding fathers.

- There is a regular feature in most if not all issues entitle “Letter from London”.  This month’s letter from London concerns the famous Savile Row tailoring company, Anderson & Sheppard, the tailor to kings, dukes, movie stars, and many others.

- An article about Kathleen Harriman, the daughter of Averell Harriman, who was once the fourth wealthiest man in America.  I have read a couple of books about Averell Harimann over the years.  This article is based upon a letters, journals and other materials kept by Kathleen.  During World War II she went to England with her father who served as FDR’s conduit to Churchill.  What an interesting life she led. She was in her 90’s when she died this past spring

- An article about Johnny Depp.

- Tbe last page of Vanity Fair is always a series of questions asked of well-known people and their responses thereto.  The interviewed person this month is Bishop Desmond Tutu.

- The wonderful photographer Annie Leibovitz photos are often in Vanity Fair

- The notes I made to myself from this month’s issue of Vanity Fair include:
  • read Boomerang (about the debt cris) by Michael Lewis;
  • see if there is a biography of Bennet Cerf, the founder of Random House publishing company;
  • buy Chef Mario Batalie’s new book Simple Family Meals, From My Home to Yours.
If you like magazines check out Vanity Fair.

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