Vanity Fair

Class Clown

The British journalist Toby Young is best-known for parlaying a disastrous stint as a writer at Vanity Fair into a best-selling book, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, which showcased his exceptional talent for doing both. In 1995, Graydon Carter plucked Young from his perch at a failed British cultural journal and installed him as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. It was Young’s dream job, and so he immediately set about screwing it up.

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Just in case that Vanity Fair article didn't answer the question, here's another piece of data from The Crimson: Faculty Meeting Lacks Usual Cookies The first Faculty meeting of the year kicked off without a regular staple: cookies to complement professors’ tea and coffee. “This is the first time in modern times with no cookies,” Faculty Council member Harry R. Lewis ’68 said as he held a white mug of tea. “We are sharing the pain with the undergraduates.” (H/t Universal Hub)

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Bailouts of Fannie and Freddie could also turn a profit. Sheila Bair: Super-regulator would "benefit the largest banks and punish community ones." Vanity Fair profiles Hank Paulson. Flash orders come to an end at Nasdaq. The number of "decent jobs" will stay flat over the next decade. Study: Multi-taskers are slowed down by irrelevant information.

Palin Reconsidered

Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals.     At virtually any given moment, the news-cycle-driven chattering classes of politics have in the background of their computer screens or the pockets of their briefcases a Big Thumbsucking Magazine Article on a political topic that they read during periods of calm.

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If You Green It...

It’s difficult to think of a skyscraper--the ultimate inanimate object--as having much to do with environmentalism. But the concept of green building has arrived--if not front and center in Washington, at least in the minds of a diverse coalition of green activists.

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Vanity Fair

Just how destructive is conspicuous consumption?

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Once upon a time—between September 1913 and February 1936—there was Vanity Fair. A quarter of a century after it folded, Cleveland Amory called it “America’s most memorable magazine,” and only a curmudgeon would quarrel with that accolade. It inspired an unusual fondness in both its contributors and its readers when it was alive, and amazingly its reputation still inspires much the same fondness in those who have never turned its pages. It is understandable that Condé Nast Publications Inc., the firm descended from the original publisher, should have been tempted to revive it.

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