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Curtis Sittenfeld Spends the Afternoon with Barbara Walters

VanityFairLogoThe June 2014 Vanity Fair profile of Barbara Walters just posted online. It’s by all indications only the second time article author Curtis Sittenfeld has had something in VF; she previously, in 2008, shared an excerpt from her novel American Wife.

Sittenfeld’s interview with Walters, who exits The View next week, is one of those delightful VF bonbons. Rather than scrolling through the feature furiously while at work, we recommend bookmarking for later, after-work enjoyment. Preferably with a glass of chilled Chardonnay, so as to savor nuggets like this one:

Walters harbors one regret, which is that she didn’t travel to South Africa in 1994 to personally interview Nelson Mandela. “It was November, which was sweeps,” Walters recalls. “I was just so busy and I didn’t think I could spare that four days traveling, the interview, a week — and I’m kicking myself.”

Crowning the top of all three pages of Walters self-effacement and Sittenfeld gentle prodding is a great photo of the broadcasting legend by Jonas Fredwall Karlsson. The Swedish-born wunderkind has been contributing to the magazine since 1998.

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