biography

Film

Why It's Nearly Impossible to Make a Good Biopic

From 'All Eyez on Me' to 'Nina' to 'Lincoln,' there are a lot of ways to tell and/or ruin a life story.
Tari Ngangura
8.23.17
photography book

The Ordinary Places Where Extraordinary Artists Grew Up

Photographer John MacLean captures the suburban and country sites of origin of revered artists.
Diana Shi
6.4.17
abstract expressionism

[Premiere] The Forgotten Master Who Brawled With Jackson Pollock

A new video by Sotheby's profiles Abstract Expressionist Roy Newell, a largely unknown character of the art world.
Kara Weisenstein
5.11.17
Stuff

Al Capone, Bloodthirsty Mobster, Was a Pretty Good Dad

While Al Capone's criminal life has been written about endlessly, his personal life is still a mystery. In a new book, Deirdre Bair explores what the gangster was like behind the crime scenes.
Seth Ferranti
10.30.16
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Jared Leto Is Going to Play Andy Warhol in a New Biopic

The actor plans to play the lauded pop artist in the upcoming film 'Warhol,' which he's also helping to produce.
VICE Staff
9.20.16
The VICE Guide to the 2016 Election

Naomi Klein Explains How the Rise of Trump and Sanders Proves She Was Right All Along

"Anger has to go somewhere," she explains. "When things don't work the left traditionally blames big power, while the right blames immigrants."
Julian Morgans
5.27.16
Music

Facts About David Bowie You May Not Have Known

Looking back on little-reported moments in the life of the Thin White Duke.
Gavin Haynes
1.13.16
Stuff

My Six Years with Jimmy Savile: An Interview with His Biographer

Dan Davies interviewed Savile over six years in order to write his now award-winning biography, 'In Plain Sight.'
David Whelan
11.11.15
Stuff

The Best Musical of the Year Is a Hip-Hop Show About Alexander Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda's new Broadway play 'Hamilton: An American Musical' is inventive, educational, and also really, really good.
John Keene
8.24.15
Stuff

Paula Broadwell's Unedited Manuscript

Last week, the media was abuzz over the sordid details about ex-CIA chief David Petraeus’ extra-marital affair. The FBI investigation that uncovered the four-star general’s infidelity and led to his resignation should never have been necessary.
Gladstone
11.18.12
Stuff

A Letter to My Future Biographer

If you are reading this then you already know: My legacy as a once-in-a-generation literary genius has stood the test of time. My unexpected and politically significant death merely burnished my reputation as an eerily prescient novelist, beloved...
Michael McGrath
10.21.12
Stuff

The Deaths of David Foster Wallace

Wallace's intersecting plotlines and cascades of footnotes were a testimony to the ‘infinitude’ of the world, as he experienced it. His biography, on the other hand, is more like a square meal than a crack binge. But it satisfies some basic biography...
Leslie Jamison
9.12.12