Welcome to our favourite *ever* episode of The High Low - as we try not to fangirl the fuck out.
For those of you with short memories, the High Low is named in homage to iconic editor Tina Brown. The creator of High Low journalism - our founding ethos of merging the trivial with the political; the irreverent with the weighty - Tina became editor of Tatler aged just 25, of Vanity Fair aged 29, and then The New Yorker, before launching the short-lived Talk and then The Daily Beast.
Now, in an arguably meta move, we get Tina into the studio, to discuss her hilarious, pacey and searingly honest memoir The Vanity Fair Diaries. We talk misogyny and #MeToo; Princess Diana and Trump; the Kardashians and Meghan Markle; and, of course, Weinstein - who Tina worked with for a disastrous 2 years after they launched Talk magazine together. We take a romp through the media decadence of the 80s (when having a ‘dress allowance’ and a ’social secretary' was vital for any editor worth their salt), with the thread of tragedy thanks to the AIDS crisis, weaving its way throughout.
The Vanity Fair Diaries have now been optioned by producer Bruna Papandrea, who is behind the epic hit Big Little Lies. So expect to see a gripping mini series of Tina’s diary on your screens ASAP.
The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown: http://amzn.to/2hINVyx
Marlena by Julie Buntin: http://amzn.to/2AmKR6K
Sarah Silverman on Louis CK, via The Guardian: http://bit.ly/2zN6r3n
Nora Ephron Knows What To Do, by Ariel Levy for The New Yorker: http://bit.ly/2jOkAa2