Spend the Snowpocalypse Catching Up on These V.F. Editor-Recommended Longreads
Those of us who are likely to be stuck indoors waiting out the monster snowstorm barreling its way through the Northeast may find ourselves feeling a bit stir crazy. As an antidote, VF.com editors teamed up to suggest some of our favorite, recent long-reads. The collection below is comprised entirely of stories that were published since the clock struck midnight on January 1. Enjoy, and feel free to let us know which ones you enjoyed the most—you can find us at @VanityFair.
As VF.com’s news editor, I’m interested in stories that reveal the human toll of new policies or court directives. In that vein, VF.com’s Alex Beggs and I both happened to recommend Molly Crabapple’s deep dive into New York City’s treatment of sex workers. Molly peels back the myth of rescue operations and offers an alternate way forward. Read it over at Vice.
Though weather has put a literal dampener on the rift between the N.Y.P.D. and the mayor, Michael Greenberg’s piece on the topic in The New York Review of Books is still an arresting read. Greenberg spent some time around cops after the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos, and the vignettes he captures are troubling, to say the least.
Alex also suggests you join Michelle Collins on her journey to England to meet Benjy, an Internet-famous pygmy goat. It explores themes of loneliness, soul-searching, unrequited love, and really, really cute goats. Bonus: GIFs from the Vanderpump Rules.
If you need a break from the written word and want something fascinating to listen to while you shovel snow, VF.com editor Katherine Goldstein suggests you check out This American Life’s January 9 episode, called “Batman.” T.A.L. features a new N.P.R. podcast, called Invisibilia, which manages to astoundingly challenge what seems like the most straightforward assumption: blind people might be able to see much more than we think. “I won’t spoil anything more,” Katherine says. “Just listen to this glorious hour of journalism and storytelling.”
“You may have already encountered this story by way of Karl Lagerfeld’s much retweeted quote about ugly people,” writes VF.com deputy editor Matt Lynch of Irina Aleksander’s New York Times Magazine piece on Brad Kroenig, the Chanel designer’s muse. “But to focus on the designer’s typical on-the-record outrageousness is to ignore a carefully observed piece on the perils, and surreal flourishes, that come with trying to maintain your prime well past its sell-by date. Also, this line: ‘If models were show dogs, Brad would be a golden retriever.’”
Another story we found more than worthwhile: meet the Obama man turning around Chicago’s Southside. As (former V.F.‘er) Bill Bradley reveals in Next City, it’s not Rahm Emanuel who is doing the heavy lifting.
New York Magazine‘s Alexa Tsoulis-Reay explores a true life Oedipus complex by interviewing an 18-year-old who is—prepare yourself—engaged to her biological father. VF.com producer Elise Taylor warns: do not read this story if you are not prepared to endure frequent shudders, random outbursts of profanity, and a semi-permanent facial expression of disgusted confusion.
And, last but not least, VF Hollywood editor Katey Rich drops in a juicy option, via Medium. Chaturbate: another Chat Roulette-style Internet fad, or the future of human sexuality? At the very least, it beats working at Office Depot.