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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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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

January 25, 2022

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

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

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

Groucho’s Dinner with T. S. Eliot Comedy meets tragedy over roast beef in London

A Tale of Two Brothers How Herman and Joe Mankiewicz won and lost the Hollywood dream

Black and White and Read All over the South How a comic book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rallied 1960s civil-rights fighters, including John Lewis

Sub Human A horrific end awaits a promising young journalist when she goes to meet an eccentric inventor in the dark waters off the coast of Copenhagen

Photo by Bachrach A Who’s Who of the 20th century wanted their portrait taken at one family-run studio

The Woman in the Window The American photographer Ruth Orkin did her best work without ever leaving the house

Too Close for Comfort In HBO’s The Plot Against America, from the Philip Roth novel, the present-day parallels are profoundly disturbing

Act Two In 1963, Mike Nichols was a 31-year-old former comedian with no immediate prospects. Then he met Neil Simon. A new book recounts what happened next, in the words of the key players

There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame Helen Mirren brings something special to every performance. But for HBO’s Catherine the Great, she also draws on her own White Russian roots

Candice Bergen, Star Reporter A “very lucky” actor and the photojournalism career that got away