Growing up Gaga

The self-invented, manufactured, accidental, totally on-purpose New York creation of the world’s biggest pop star.
Mar 2010
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The Eyeful Tower

André Leon Talley is an imposing, if improbable, fashion landmark, steeped in style history, his judgment sought by top designers. Visiting Talley in White Plains, the author hears about his love life, his avoirdupois, and the importance of gloves, darling.

Sep 2013
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Ol’ Mark Pincus Had a Farm…

Zynga—the company behind such Facebook games as FarmVille, CityVille, and Zynga Poker—is the hottest topic in Silicon Valley: valued at $10 billion, with 250 million users and a rumored I.P.O. next year. Its C.E.O., Mark Pincus, takes fun very, very seriously.

Jun 2011
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Travels in the New Psychedelic Bazaar

The synthetic drugs being invented, refined, and produced today—and often shipped in from China—would have blown Timothy Leary’s mind. Who knows what they’re doing to the brains of users.

Apr 2013
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Caution: Heiress at Work

Is Megan Ellison an independent financier with vision or just funding the cool kids’ movies to hang out with them? After producing Zero Dark Thirty, the young daughter of the country’s third-richest man can afford to ignore her critics.

Mar 2013
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Less than 140

No one nailed the eighties quite like Bret Easton Ellis, author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho. He may never write a novel again, but he’s still a vital social observer—on his Twitter feed.

Jan 2013
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Tory Burch’s Ex Factor

In a brief eight years, Tory Burch has become one of fashion’s biggest names, the golden girl with the golden brand. Is it thanks to, or in spite of, her former husband Chris Burch, who has launched his own, Tory-esque line of shops, C. Wonder, while still sitting on her company’s board? Dissecting one of the oddest ex-spousal relationships in New York society, Vanessa Grigoriadis learns why the Burches are ripe for a showdown.

Dec 2012
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Blow up the Box

After a career in which he firebombed the traditional television model from multiple angles, Barry Diller talks about his latest effort to torch the tube.

May 2012
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Karma Crash

John Friend was the charismatic leader of a feel-good, all-American yoga empire, 600,000 strong and counting. Then his disciples woke up one morning to discover that their guru smoked pot, had sex with his students, and ran a Wiccan coven.
Apr 2012
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Our Lady of Malawi

Kabbalah teaches that only giving will bring a soul out of the darkness. So Madonna planned a splendid gift for an impoverished African nation. Somebody turn on the light.

May 2011
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The Joy of Vampire Sex: The Schlocky, Sensual Secrets behind the Success of *True Blood*

“Sookie is sweet, good-natured and can kick your ass while wearing high-heeled pumps and a sundress,” says Anna Paquin. “That’s not how people saw me.”

Jun 2011
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Why Is Nancy Pelosi Always Smiling?

Like Obama, she is more pragmatist than liberal ideologue. Unlike Obama, she doesn’t care what you think of her. In fact, she may not even know.
Nov 2009
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Maharishi Arianna

Atop AOL, hiring and borrowing freely from the old media, a new age news guru is building her grandest temple yet.

Nov 2011
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The Womanizer’s Wife

Billionairess Anne Sinclair stood by her man when just about everyone else in the world believed the maid. Is it that she knows Dominique Strauss-Kahn? Or that she doesn’t?
Aug 2011
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The Very Pink, Very Perfect Life of Taylor Swift

The new pop star is a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll, and all control freak. What’s behind her drive for success?

Jan 2009
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MGMT

Breakout band rejects fame and gets its freak on.
Apr 2010
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The Adventure of Super Boy

Gods, girls, and boatloads of swag: how Justin Bieber went from Canadian YouTube oddity to the biggest teen idol in the world.

Mar 2011
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Killing Jared

Matt Baker was a restless teenager in suburban Las Vegas who loved gangster movies and acting cool. Nobody could imagine he wanted to murder his best friend and bury him in the desert.
Mar 2007
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The Deep Shallowness of Marc Jacobs

With his famously manic-obsessive personality (drugs! drama!) and gift for mixing high fashion with low culture, Marc Jacobs built a global style empire. Now he has embarked on his most ambitious redesign yet: himself.

Nov 2008
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Sex, God, and Katy

How did a fire-and-brimstone-preacher’s daughter become America’s sexiest pop star?

Aug 2010
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A Major-League Divorce

Jamie and Frank McCourt moved to L.A. in 2004 to live their dream—as owners of the illustrious Dodgers—then went on a massive spending spree: $74 million on four homes, a $12 million pool, and a $10,000-a-month hairstylist. But though their team hit an initial winning streak, their marriage cratered. With their divorce producing a slew of unsavory financial details, Vanessa Grigoriadis learns why Major League Baseball is as furious as the McCourts are with each other.

Aug 2011
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Bohemian Cove: Inside Malibu’s Hottest Trailer Park

The hippest neighborhood in Malibu right now is … a trailer park? Yes, say the likes of Minnie Driver, Pamela Anderson, and Matthew McConaughey. In Paradise Cove, whose pioneers included director Sam Peckinpah and Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler, Vanessa Grigoriadis explores the surfboard-and-shirtless bohemian charms—not to mention those trailers, with their marble floors, Italian-granite countertops, and Sub-Zero appliances—which have sent the price of a tricked-out double-wide into the millions.

Mar 2011
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4chan’s Chaos Theory

Founded in 2003 by 15-year-old Christopher Poole, 4chan, the online hangout for millions of young people, unwittingly spawned the group Anonymous, which sprang to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last December, attacking and taking down MasterCard’s and Visa’s Web sites. Does the anti-Facebook ethos of one of the Web’s largest active forums represent a movement or just mayhem?
Apr 2011
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The Tragedy of Britney Spears

She was a pop princess. Now she’s in and out of hospitals, rehab and court. How Britney lost it all.

Feb 2008