AIR MAIL was launched in 2019 as a
lively digital weekly for the world citizen.

We sensed that there was an audience of readers who were both tired of overly earnest news publications and found the ceaseless churn of the daily news cycle predictable, unnerving, and, quite frankly, unmanageable. We also understood that this audience was a driving part of the world’s affluent intelligentsia—catholic in its tastes and curious about the world, not just the country they live in. How were we so sure? Because we counted ourselves among that group.

With that in mind, our editors—whose combined time working at Spy, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and other publications constitutes a number of years found only in paleontology—set out to provide readers with an amusing, sophisticated, and elegantly designed digital journal, delivered to in-boxes around the world every Saturday morning at 6:00.

The premise of AIR MAIL is simple: we supply you with articles on subjects both foreign and domestic—ranging from politics and the environment to art and literature, style and fashion, and high-end crime and beyond—by some of the world’s finest journalists. For the most part, these are stories you will not find anywhere else.

And in the spirit of presenting AIR MAIL readers with something more akin to a membership than a subscription, we continue to expand the scope of what we do.

We have collected the best cultural events—be it art, theater, music, film, television, podcasts, you name it—in a constantly updated cultural Web site called the Arts Intel Report (AIR). We think that once you’ve tried it, you’ll find it indispensable. The Week in Culture, a dedicated Arts Intel newsletter with recommendations on what to see, read, watch, and listen to in the days ahead, goes out to subscribers on Wednesday afternoons.

We also have LOOK, a beauty-and-wellness newsletter, put together by Allure founding editor Linda Wells, serving up essential stories on everything from skin care to fitness, diet, stress, sleep, sex, and travel. LOOK goes out to subscribers on the first Friday of every month.

And we have an online storefront, AIR SUPPLY, with gift recommendations for every type and occasion.

Our aim is for AIR MAIL to unfold like the weekend edition of a great international daily—of the kind that doesn’t exist anymore. We understand it won’t be the only thing you read, but we do hope it will become one of your favorites.

As ever,
Graydon Carter

Our Team

Air Mail is Edited By

After founding Spy magazine with Kurt Andersen in 1986, Carter edited Vanity Fair for 25 years, from 1992 until 2017. He lives in New York.

As a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, Stanley served first as co-chief of its Moscow bureau and then as Rome bureau chief, later becoming the paper’s television critic. She lives in New York.

Deputy Editors

Ashley edits the style and living sections; co-hosts AIR MAIL’s weekly podcast, Morning Meeting; and contributes to LOOK, AIR MAIL’s beauty vertical. She lives in London.

Ash edits features for AIR MAIL. He lives in New York.

Nathan handles special projects for AIR MAIL. He lives in New York.

Julia edits features, the books and arts sections, and the Wednesday Week in Culture and Thursday Book Report newsletters for AIR MAIL. She also contributes to the Arts Intel Report (AIR), AIR MAIL’s culture vertical. She lives in New York.

Featured Columnists and Writers at Large

Joseph Bullmore is a Writer at Large for AIR MAIL. Bullmore, who lives in London, is also the editor of Gentleman’s Journal.

William D. Cohan is a Writer at Large for AIR MAIL and the best-selling author of several books about Wall Street, including The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co. and Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World. Cohan, who lives in New York, worked on Wall Street for 17 years as a mergers-and-acquisitions banker before becoming a financial journalist.

Rich Cohen is a Writer at Large for AIR MAIL and based in Connecticut. He is a co-creator, with Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, of the HBO series Vinyl, and the author of several books, including, most recently, a memoir about his father, The Adventures of Herbie Cohen: World’s Greatest Negotiator.

Cazzie David is a Columnist for AIR MAIL and the author of the essay collection No One Asked for This. David, who co-created and starred in the Web series Eighty-Sixed, lives in Los Angeles.

Michael Hainey is a Writer at Large for AIR MAIL and co-hosts our weekly podcast Morning Meeting. His first job was for Spy magazine, and most recently he was the deputy editor of GQ. Hainey, who lives in New York, is the author of After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story.

Walter Isaacson is a Columnist for AIR MAIL and is based in New York. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs, and Leonardo da Vinci, and is the former editor of Time magazine.

Nancy Jo Sales is a Contributor to AIR MAIL and is based in New York. Her 2010 article for Vanity Fair “The Suspects Wore Louboutins” inspired the film The Bling Ring. She is the author of American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers and Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno.

Linda Wells is a Columnist for AIR MAIL and the editor of LOOK, AIR MAIL’s beauty vertical. She spent 25 years as Allure magazine’s founding editor, served as Revlon’s chief creative officer, and currently consults and sits on the boards of several beauty and apparel companies. She is based in New York.