In the Apr. 15–28 issue: Olivia Nuzzi on “wonder boy” Pete Buttigieg. Plus: Art & Design, by Wendy Goodman; the half-billion dollar “Leonardo”; Natasha Lyonne, Annette Bening, and more.
What H-A-P-P-E-N-E-D? • How Sam Bankman-Fried’s humanity-saving, crypto-normalizing, good-guy shtick went up in smoke—along with billions of investors’ money.
Where Have the FTX Depositors Gone to Panic? • The losers—and scammers—are flooding Telegram.
How Did SBF Convince West Africans Crypto Was Their Future? • At least Madoff’s clients were rich.
What Kind of Mess Did SBF Leave Behind in the Bahamas? • On the ground in Nassau, where FTX’s riches are up for grabs.
Wait, Weren’t His Parents Law Professors? • The Stanford genius bubble that birthed SBF.
Was Caroline Ellison a Main Character or the Fall Girl? • How the 28-year-old CEO LARP-ed her way into the collapse of FTX.
Is Effective Altruism Now Defective? • Commiserating with the do-gooders SBF made look bad.
How Much Political Power Did SBF’s Millions Buy? • Molding crypto regulation, one donation at a time.
Why Didn’t More Reporters See This Coming? • How SBF sweet-talked the media.
How Did FTX End Up at the Met Gala? • Understanding his fashion and high-society fixer, Lauren Remington Platt.
Will SBF Soon Be Wearing an Orange Jumpsuit? • The over-under on SBF’s criminal risk.
Seed Money • How One Billionaire WITH A Savior Complex And a Voracious Sexual Appetite Got Conned By His Best Friend, Who SPOILER ALERT Saw Him As The Perfect Mark.
I Made a Lifetime Christmas Movie! • Over 100 made-for-TV holiday movies will premiere this season. Here’s what it’s like to work on one.
THE SPECTACULAR LIFE OF OCTAVIA E. BUTLER • In recent years, the author has been hailed as prescient of our political moment. This is the story of the girl who grew up in Pasadena, took the bus, loved her mom and grandmother, and wrote herself into the world.
THE BUTLER BOOK CLUB • A few writers on what they’ve learned from reading the author deeply.
Why We Misread Her • The slavery interpretation Butler couldn’t escape.
Good-bye to My Apartment
The Best VINTAGE FOR MEN • TO FIND THE SPOTS on this list, we polled dozens of stylish and savvy New Yorkers—restaurateurs, fashion writers, and designers among them. For more obsessively sourced recommendations, including the best electricians, kitchen shops, and Pilates classes, visit curbed.com.
Kathy Hochul’s Election Night Party • The governor and fellow New York Democrats hosted a crowd of hundreds at Capitale as the midterm results came in.
Scarr’s World • He runs the city’s coolest slice joint. Sushi is next.
The Day I Moved Out • How do you decide what to bring with you after 27 years in the perfect apartment?
‘You Better Pray’ • What do you do when your mother’s a pop icon? Lourdes Leon never thought her answer would be “drop a record.”
Everything Has a Story inWakanda Forever • Production designer Hannah Beachler breaks down the history hiding in the sequel’s two worlds.
Lee Pace, Just Out of Reach • The actor is so good at making you want more we decided to give him an award.
Fleishman Is in 2016 • When Fleishman Is in Trouble’s author became its showrunner, she learned that re-creating New York City’s recent past is surprisingly tricky.
CRITICS • Jen Chaney on The Crown … Jackson McHenry on Kimberly Akimbo … Angelica Jade Bastién on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
To Do • For more culture coverage and streaming recommendations, see vulture.com.
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