Bruce Handy is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he was formerly deputy editor, and the author of Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature. His next book will be a social and cultural history of the 1980s, focusing on issues of wealth and greed.
Handy has also worked as a writer-editor at Time and Spy and contributed journalism, reviews, and humor pieces to the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, New York, and the New Yorker, as well as other publications that don’t have New York in their titles. He has worked in television, including one season as a writer for Saturday Night Live. He graduated from Stanford University and currently lives in New York with his wife, the novelist Helen Schulman, and their two kids.
Among the people Handy has profiled for Vanity Fair are: Amy Schumer, J.J. Abrams, Matt Weiner, Francis Coppola, and Paul Reubens (his first interview following his arrest). Handy has also contributed stories on subjects as diverse as the Paris bookstore Shakespeare & Company, the J.T. Leroy literary hoax, and the Hershey vs. Cadbury “chocopocalypse” of 2015. At Time, he contributed a bi-weekly column on cultural and social issues and wrote cover stories on Ellen DeGeneres (“Yep, I’m Gay”), the launch of Viagra, the retirement of Jerry Seinfeld, the return of Star Wars, and Roswell, NM’s efforts to exploit its “heritage” as a supposed UFO landing site.