David Heddendorf

David Heddendorf lives in Ames, Iowa. His essays have appeared in The Southern Review, Sewanee Review, and The Cresset.

Going Down to Vanity Fair

Over a long and colorful career, the phrase “Vanity Fair” has called up wildly divergent associations, while often seeming to mean nothing at all. Is it a place? A quality? A feeling? A mood? Like such idioms as “under the weather” and “cut...