The Breathtaking Emptiness of J.D. Vance

How a Hillbilly Superstar Becomes the Thing He Once Loathed

By Pete Kotz

The debasement of J.D. Vance was complete. Only a few short years before, he was a celebrated author and San Francisco venture capitalist, spending Saturday mornings volunteering at the community garden before he and his neighbors dispersed to “art gallery tours” and “day trips to wine country,” as he once put it...

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