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Sam Kashner

Sam Kashner is a Writer at Large for AIR MAIL. He has written extensively for Vanity Fair and is the author of several books including Sinatralandand the memoir When I Was Cool. With Ash Carter, Kashner, who lives in New York, is a co-author of Life Isn’t Everything: Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Friends.

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Bigger than Life

Tragedy! Triumph! Tinsel! One hundred years of the Hollywood sign

Far from Mount Rushmore

Exiled in Style

Picasso, Chaplin, Churchill, Woolf—they all came to Villa Mauresque, in Cap Ferrat, W. Somerset Maugham’s well-appointed refuge from England’s sodomy laws

Beauty Secrets of the Dead

Everybody who’s anybody—including fictional characters such as Succession’s Logan Roy—stops in at Frank E. Campbell’s eventually

Lighter than Air

Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 short, “The Red Balloon,” is high art for all ages

Life Imitates Bruce Wagner

The true oral history of a fake oral history—and an audiobook that would make Pirandello proud

Dreams in Progress

A new book celebrates Hollywood’s greatest behind-the-scenes photographer

Take a Seat!

Ann Getty’s storied tabletop collections are ripe for the bidding at Christie’s

Meditations on Crime

Listen and Read

The Flight of the “Concordski”

The espionage and secret history behind the Soviets’ attempt to build their own Concorde

The Spruce Deuce

Before Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, there was Howard Hughes and Jean Peters

Before January 6, There Was Seven Days in May

J.F.K. was haunted by the book that outlined how a right-wing coup could happen in America. The movie still rivets audiences

Oscar Season

Mad, sad, and legendarily bad, Oscar Levant was the showbiz answer to Oscar Wilde. After being forgotten for decades, is Hollywood’s greatest wit ready for his comeback?

Hall of Mirrors

Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley—now showing in glorious black and white—is a throwback to Hollywood’s golden era, and a film for our times

Hall of Mirrors

Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley—now showing in glorious black and white—is a throwback to Hollywood’s golden age, and a film for our times

His Last Picture Show

My Year with Peter Bogdanovich

A Word from the Wiseguys

Twenty-two years after The Sopranos premiered, a new oral history revisits the gritty mobster universe the show created

The View from Here

Beloved by Kurt Vonnegut, Groucho Marx, and Sidney Namlerep, S. J. Perelman re-invented American humor

At Christmas, You Tell the Truth

The romantic-comedy king Richard Curtis reveals never-before-heard details about the making of the holiday classic Love Actually

Swans Along Fifth Avenue

A new book feeds our continuing fascination with Truman Capote—and the society beauties he loved and hated

Rumbled in the Jungle

The 1974 championship bout between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, in Zaire, forever changed the lives of both fighters—and the writers who covered it

Singer, Dancer, Marcher, Spy

Josephine Baker broke barriers onstage and off—from Jim Crow Miami to the royal court of Monaco

When the Little Tramp Returned to America

In 1972, 20 years after Charlie Chaplin was forced into exile, the man who helped invent Hollywood came to a garden party in Los Angeles. Everyone was there

Electrifying Guitar

How the 60s hit “Classical Gas” became the anthem of movies, television, and, most recently, The Queen’s Gambit