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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 21:00

Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.

Condé Nast Folds Details Magazine Husband of NYPD Officer Killed on 9/11 Returns Glamour Magazine Award David Remnick‘s Advice to Yale Students Annalee Newitz Joins Ars Technica Gawker to Become Politics Site

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Categories: News

The Cosa Nostra of Old? Forget About It

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 20:30

One of the 23 Emmy Awards claimed over the years by veteran New York TV reporter Mary Murphy was for her coverage of the John Gotti trial. In other words, the Queens native is able to bring a great deal of wisdom and perspective to the topic of how the Goodfellas game has evolved.

The spark for Murphy’s PIX Investigates report was the recent acquittal of 80-year-old Vincent Asaro, a real-life inspiration for Martin Scorsese‘s 1995 classic Goodfellas. In the shadow of ISIS, an organization that has horrifically picked up where Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano left off, Murphy was told that the Costra Nostra is actively engaged these days in mortgage fraud, online gambling and black-market prescription drugs:

“For the most part, the mobsters have stopped killing people,” veteran journalist and author Jerry Capeci told PIX 11 Investigates. “The mob has a rule: no more bodies in the streets.” Capeci conceived and writes for weekly online site

Murphy leads off the print portion of her report with the fact that Uncle Louie G’s, an Italian ices and ice cream store that took over an old haunt of Gotti’s – the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club on 101st Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens – is now boarded up.

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FT Lunches With America’s Satirist-in-Chief

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 18:45

FTJohnOliverWhen Financial Times global media editor Matthew Garrahan recently arrived at the restaurant Blue Ribbon on West 58th Street with John Oliver, the pair encountered more proof of the HBO host’s far-reaching likability. This incident really speaks volumes:

As Oliver enters the restaurant, which is on the ground floor of a hotel, Oliver is ambushed by two guests. It turns out they are pharmaceutical reps who caught a scathing segment he did on his show in February about the lengths to which the prescription drug industry goes to market its wares to doctors. But rather than yell at him or threaten to beat him up, all they want is a selfie.

Along with Jon Stewart essentially going – ‘Hey, that HBO deal looks like fun!’ – this is a reminder of how intelligence, humor and the full support of a hard-working research staff can warm the hearts of even pharmaceutical reps(!)

Garrahan covers all the bases, from the heckles that most often rained down on Oliver during the latter’s stand-up comedy days, to Oliver’s childhood, to what the 38-year-old Brit readily describes as professional failure in the U.K., to the reporter and subject’s shared affinity for the Liverpool Football Club.

Also, ahead of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix arrival, Oliver told Garrahan there is no reasonable defense for the lack of women in the late night TV talk game. Read the full piece here. And below, the piece from Last Week in February, which includes the classic Oliver line: “One analysis suggests that in 2013, nine out of the top ten drug makers spent more on marketing than they did on research. Drug companies are a bit like high school boyfriends. They’re much more concerned with getting inside you than being effective once they’re in there.”

[Illustration, used with permission: Sam Kerr]
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Newsweek Honors Paris Attack Victims

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 18:08

Newsweek Cover ParisNewsweek is the latest magazine to publish a moving cover dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks.

As for a “tipping point” in the fight against ISIS, well, we certainly hope so.

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Jack Shafer Welcomes Gawker to the ‘Freak Show’

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 17:30

A few years ago, TMZ very seriously looked into starting a Washington, D.C.-focused Web spinoff. In the end, Harvey Levin decided not to go down that path, choosing to expand instead into the world of professional sports scandals.

Into that same political breach has now stepped Gawker. In response, Politico’s Jack Shafer frames Nick Denton’s move as a continuation of the long journalistic tradition of filtering politics through a tabloid sensibility. He also connects: the Wonkette dots:

One way to look at Gawker’s move, perhaps, is as Gawker Media’s return to its decade-old old franchise, Wonkette. Launched in 2004, it hosed the political space with writer Ana Marie Cox’s pith. This was politics for laughs and for outrage. Later, none other than Alex Pareene helmed Wonkette, after which it was sold by Gawker in 2008. Like the new, Wonkette served insight and entertainment as it punctured pompous and the hypocritical politicians with an adolescent’s vengeance.

Speaking of Wonkette and connecting the dots, they’ve got a fun item today getting to the bottom of a Honeymooners-worthy Donald Trump quote. The site hopscotches from Crooks and Liars, to Mother Jones, to Yahoo to get to the bottom of it all. With a parting shot to you-know-who:

Gawker didn’t get in on this particular game of telephone. They f*cked it up all by theirselves, directly from Yahoo

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AmNewYork Loses Exec Editor

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 17:10

Peter Catapano, amNewYork’s executive editor and editor in chief, is leaving the company.

Catapano has been amNewYork since it launched in 2003. Catapano was named executive editor and editor in chief in 2012.

An amNewYork spokesperson told Politico Catapano “has been an integral part of amNewYork’s success and the driving force behind amNewYork’s coverage of issues important to New Yorkers. We wish him all the best.”

Senior editor Robert Levin will serve as acting editor while the paper looks for Catapano’s successor.

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NY Times to Change Commenting System

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:30

Changes are coming to The New York Times’s commenting system. According to Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, readers have long complained that the current platform gives too much preference to verified commenters.

The new system will use an algorithm that depends less on human interaction by Times editors. The new version will also open up more articles to comments.

Times editor in charge of commenting Bassey Etim said the new platform will allow for “more shades of gray. Everybody will be a certain level of verified.”

If you ask us, the Times should get rid of comments altogether. But of course, no one did ask us.

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Brendan Monaghan Named Publisher of Condé Nast Traveler

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:45

Brendan Monaghan has been named publisher and chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Traveler.

Monaghan comes to the magazine from The New York Times, where he most recently served as senior vice president of advertising and publisher of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Monaghan’s arrival means the departure of Condé veteran Bill Wackermann. Wackermann has been with Condé since 2001, when joined as Details’s publisher. At the time, he was the company’s youngest publisher ever. In 2007, Condé honored Wackermann as its Publisher of The Year. Wackermann joined Traveler as publisher and CRO in 2013.

Categories: News

Time Magazine Staffers Treated to a Return of the Bar Cart

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:30

ManoftheYearMLKCoverIn the early 1960s, when mad men ruled Madison Ave. and Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” honors were bestowed on presidents, the Pope and Martin Luther King Jr., a bow-tie-wearing bartender would wheel through the publication’s offices on a weekly basis, serving up drinks. As a nod to the end of the magazine’s run at the Time and Life building, that tradition was delightfully revived.

From the top of today’s New York Daily News Confidenti@l column:

Staff celebrated the final close in their old offices Wednesday by hiring a bartender to push a bar cart to each desk as they put the issue to bed… Confidenti@l is told that senior managers booked the bow-tie-clad bartender to fix drinks for editors and reporters as a nod to the good old days in the ’60s, when it was a weekly ritual.

There’s also plenty of nostalgia on the website. Perusing “The 13 Most Interesting Artifacts Inside the Time Inc. Archives,” it’s hard not to see the “pony” editions of Time put out for soldiers in the trenches of World War II as an unintended harbinger of things to come. These smaller-sized issues were stripped of ads.

In the companion feature “The 7 Most Fascinating Letters From the Time Inc. Archives,” there’s a great Sept. 20, 1956 missive to the editors from Tennessee Williams, responding to a review of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:

I propose that writers concerned with honesty are more likely to be honest than those who are not concerned with it, and I would like to see a list of those works that Dean Fitch approves along with those that he condemns, it would be more fully instructive.

A few years ago, to celebrate Time’s 85th anniversary, the magazine culled some of the most memorable covers from each decade. Looking at the ones selected for the 1960s, it’s striking how many were illustrations rather than photographs.

Categories: News

Politico Adds Brad Dayspring

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:15

Politico has named Brad Dayspring its first vp of communications. Dayspring has spent more than a decade as a Republican operative, but is most well-known for almost getting in a physical fight when he worked as an aide for Eric Cantor.

Dayspring’s hot-headed ways obviously do not bother Politico.

“Since our launch in 2007, we’ve always thought of Politico as a political candidate; one that needs a carefully managed and consistent message, a great offensive strategy and a clear path ahead,” wrote Politico COO Kim Kingsley, in a memo. “So in that respect, Brad was born for this job.”

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Bloomberg Cuts 14

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:00

2The reduction in Bloomberg Markets’s publishing frequency—the magazine is going from a monthly to just six issues per year—has cost 14 staffers their jobs.

According to Talking Biz News, three senior editors are among the cutsWilliam Mellor, Anthony Effinger and David Evans are all out as a result of the new Markets.

Last month Bloomberg announced it was cutting Markets’s frequency and relaunching it next year as a promotional magazine.

“We have not settled yet on the exact design, but our aim will be to draw on the full strength of Bloomberg’s markets and financial coverage — on the terminal, our expanded Bloomberg Markets TV show, a new website optimized for mobile, and podcasts,” wrote Bloomberg editor John Micklethwait in a memo at the time.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Refusal

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 14:15


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Brazilian Publisher Bids ‘Adios’ to Playboy

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 01:30

PlayboyBrasilFor 40 years, the Brazilian edition of Playboy has been published by Editora Abril. But with the December issue, the division of Grupo Brasil is bringing that relationship to an end.

“Abril is exiting all licensed agreements, and have closed or sold more than 20 magazine titles in the last two years,” a U.S. rep for Playboy tells FishbowlNY. “Playboy fully intends to remain in Brazil with a new partner that will begin publishing in 2016. We expect to make an announcement very soon.”

There are currently 22 other international editions of Playboy. Elsewhere in Central and South America, the magazine has licensing deals in Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela.

In any language, old covers of Playboy look vintage. Somewhat intriguingly, Editora Abril, which is one of South America’s largest media holding companies, was founded in 1950 – three years before Hef rolled out Playboy in Chicago. In the early 1990s, Abril’s Playboy edition was selling over a million copies per month.

[Image via: Instagram]
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Marie Claire Hires EW, GQ Vets

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 21:00

CarynPrimeHeadshotTwo big hires and two sizable promotions. That’s the early Thansksgiving editorial table set today by Marie Claire editor in chief Anne Fulenwider.

Director of editorial operations at Entertainment Weekly Caryn Prime (pictured) is the women’s magazine’s new managing editor, while GQ senior researcher Hilary Elkins is coming on board as research director. Meanwhile, moving up from senior to contributing editor is Whitney Joiner and Claire Fontanetta has been promoted from beauty assistant to assistant beauty editor. From the announcement:

Prime had been with Entertainment Weekly since May, and was previously managing editor at Lucky since 2012. She brings more than 15 years of experience to Marie Claire with previous roles at both Elle Décor and Martha Stewart as managing editor and assistant managing editor, respectively. Prime starts on Dec. 7 and will report to Fulenwider.

Elkins has worked as senior researcher at GQ since 2013. She has served as a contributing researcher for Twitter Founder Ev Williams’ magazine, Matter, as well as Men’s Journal and Town & Country. Elkins started her career at Harper’s Magazine and has written for The New Republic, Elle, Marie Claire, Artnews and The New York Observer, among others.

Joiner, in addition to being a journalist, is the founder of The Recollectors, a non-profit storytelling and community website catering to people who have lost parents to AIDS. Joiner started at Marie Claire in January 2013. Visit that site here.

Prime is replacing Catherine Gundersen and Elkins is taking over Pamela Vu. Congrats to all.

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Simon Says: This Condé Nast News Is Ironic

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 20:20

Simon Magazine 2015 CoverDetails is going away; the ad sales staffs of Self and Glamour are being combined. But the magazine news is much brighter at real estate behemoth Simon.

Per a news release out today, the firm has partnered with Condé Nast to produce Simon magazine. The debut issue’s 98 pages are dedicated to the “high-end lifestyle:”

The premiere edition features diverse content including covetable gift ideas, an A-to-Z listing of cultural event happenings around the world, rising technology stars and the gadgets of the future that are here today. The magazine will reach select Simon locations just before the holiday season.

“This is the first time Condé Nast has worked with a brand to create custom editorial content at this scale, and we are pleased to bring our expertise to this project,” said Condé Nast creative director Raul Martinez. “We’ve worked with some of the best talent in the industry to create a truly exceptional magazine.”

Per the release, the brand count in Issue #1 is more than 130. The magazine is being mailed to 300,000 Condé Nast subscribers and will arrive next week at various retail locations.

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Cover Battle: More or Vanity Fair

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 19:13

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have More taking on Vanity Fair.

More’s cover features a striking Rachel Weisz. When she was asked how it felt being 45 years old, Weisz replied “Well, everybody’s aging, and we’re all going to die.” Weisz is officially our new favorite actress.


Vanity Fair’s latest, meanwhile, has Bill Murray acting completely normal as always.


So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.

Which Cover is Better, More or Vanity Fair?

Categories: News

RIP: National Lampoon Art Director Michael Gross

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 18:40

When the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) counted down in 2005 the top 40 magazine covers of the preceding four decades, this came in at #7:


The January 1973 cover recalls a time when the combination of political correctness and social media outrage did not rain down on every effort that pushes past conventional lines. It also, per an obituary in The New York Times by William Grimes, is one of the many great pieces of work left behind by Michael Gross, the Harvard publication’s one-time art director. Gross, who died Monday at age 70 at his home in Southern California, worked with photographer Ronald G. Harris to fashion the above cover. He was also responsible for the Ghostbusters movie logo:

The ghost soon became one of the most recognizable and most imitated logos in popular culture. Mr. Gross, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph of London this year, said that he knew the image had gained traction when he saw it on the nose of a B-52 bomber at an air show.

“I looked at it and I laughed,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘So when I look out the window and I see the horizon light up with mushroom clouds, I’ll know that over Moscow my logo is dropping a missile.’”


Categories: News

Pete Wells Remembers the Time He Let Himself Go

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 18:00

PeteWellsDetails2007In late 2006, Pete Wells wrote a piece for Details titled “Go Ahead, Let Yourself Go.” The first paragraph sets up the theme beautifully:

The first time I got fat, I was 26. As often happens, it started with a girl, or, to be more accurate, it started with a girl who went away. I stopped sleeping. When I paid attention to people other than myself, which was almost never, I noticed that my friends were finding me hard to take. Only one thing in the world could temporarily drain the swamp of my self-pity: Cinnabon rolls. A franchise had opened near my office, and each morning I swung by for my fix of Indonesian cinnamon, margarine, sweet dough and cream-cheese frosting. All my life I’d been able to eat whatever I wanted without showing it, but under a relentless assault of 730 calories and 24 grams of fat each day before I’d even had lunch, my metabolism buckled. Soon I was fastening my belt in a new hole. And then my trousers wouldn’t button. None of these flashing lights penetrated the thick fog of my misery until the day I looked into a full-length mirror and saw John Goodman’s ass.

With the news of Details’ demise, The Observer’s Matthew Kassel has rounded up some memories from folks about their days working at the magazine. Wells leads things off and after praising the talents of creative director Rockwell Harwood, gets to the funny genealogy of the Let It Go piece:

Dan [Peres] would go with a story if he felt the truth in it. You couldn’t argue him into it, he had to feel it in his gut. I wrote a short essay on the virtues of letting yourself go. Then Dan went to the fashion shows at Milan and hung out with a bunch of fashion-world sparrows with 22-inch waists. When he came back he said, “We’re holding that piece. I don’t believe men are letting themselves go.” Then, maybe a year later, there came a time when he started walking into the office unshaven, with his shirt untucked. One day in that phase he said, “Whatever happened to that story on letting yourself go? Let’s run that.”

The rest of the Wells essay is wonderful. At one point, he writes that when a man let’s himself go, it means “shoes that would horrify a German tourist.” It’s “Elvis at Graceland, Jim Morrison in Paris, Hemingway in the Keys.” Wells was the articles editor at the magazine from 2000 to 2006. RIP Details.

P.S. If for no other reason, you must click into the Details item by Wells to see the hilarious photo snapped by Lisa Kereszi.

Categories: News

Olivia Munn Calls Out ESPN Reporter

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 17:15

Olivia Munn will not tolerate stupid journalism. Munn—who is dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers—took exception to an article penned by ESPN reporter Rob Demovsky that listed her as one reason Rodgers has struggled this season.

Demovsky listed a few feasible factors, like Rodgers playing hurt and coach Mike McCarthy no longer calling the plays.

Then, for some idiotic reason, Demovsky speculated that maybe something was going on in Munn and Rodgers’s relationship. In other words, this is Munn’s fault. Munn was not having it:

Playing it fast & loose w/the journalism @RobDemovsky. Your professional skills are lacking… you must be having personal problems at home.

— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) November 19, 2015

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Condé Cuts 55 Staffers

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 16:40

The result of Condé Nast shuttering Details and combining Self and Glamour’s ad staff isn’t pretty. According to WWD, 55 people are now out of jobs.

Details employed 40 full and part-time editorial staffers and 27 ad sales staffers. Of those, only 12 are getting new roles at, which will soon take the place of

Self staffers who remain employed should thank Condé artistic director and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Apparently Condé execs were mulling several options, one of them being shuttering Self instead of Details. Wintour stuck up for Self, and her support saved it.

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