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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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Suffering with Style

A brief history of the Borsalino—from Al Capone to Indiana Jones, Bogart to Gatsby

Publicity for the Devil

One-Frame Films

Set photographer Alfonso Avincola captured some of the 20th century’s greatest actors, from the divas of Italian neo-realism to the Young Turks of New Hollywood

A Cinematic Séance

Peter Bogdanovich interviewed all the greats, from Hitchcock to Tarantino. Now you can hear the top filmmakers of the 21st century commune with the giants of Old Hollywood

One Handshake Away: Peter Bogdanovich and the Icons of Cinema

Swan Song

Truman Capote’s social suicide by novel: the story behind the new mini-series Feud: Capote vs. the Swans

In Search of Misspent Youth

Hormones, horsepower, and hamburgers: the making of American Graffiti

Good Help Is Hard to Find

Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter’s cult masterpiece, The Servant, turns 60

From The Office to the Lab

Lee Eisenberg knows funny. But he and his wife, Emily Jane Fox, learned a lot working together on Lessons in Chemistry

The Riling Class

Before the British Invasion, there was the satire boom. Its ground zero was a grotty strip joint turned nightclub in Soho that Peter Cook re-christened “the Establishment”

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