From a blog post by Francis Phillips, a book reviewer for U.K.’s Catholic Herald:
At the time, Murphy was working as art director for many New York agencies and major magazines such as Glamour and Self. He relates to me that during a sales meeting at Glamour “our publisher was explaining the magazine’s market for the coming year. He said that we all live for something: some live for beauty, some for fashion and others for accessories but that ultimately we all live for Glamour.”
Murphy goes on: “It hit me. I realized that I did not live for these material objects. I lived for my wife, my son and first and foremost for God. I certainly did not live for Glamour magazine! At that point I committed myself to the Lord and asked the Holy Spirit to guide me; to guide me out of doubt.” Murphy went on to study Church history, recounting that “the early Church Fathers taught me how real the Eucharist is and how the Catholic Church is the one true Church. Later that year I left Glamour and continued to pursue a life in Christ. In the spring of 2011, during the Easter Vigil, I was confirmed into the Catholic Church.”
Murphy was the art director for a graphic novel about the life Frere Gereon Goldmann (pictured), which Phillips wrote about last week. He went on after Condé Nast to work for Catholic Lighthouse Media and last year founded 5 Stones, a non-profit marketing agency catering to Catholic churches.
Jacket cover courtesy: Ignatius Press
While former Esquire editor in chief Terry McDonell’s memoir The Accidental Life isn’t due until August, his former magazine home teed up the Memorial Day weekend with a tantalizing excerpt. The author recalls a late afternoon excursion to the Aspen Golf Club, following his arrival in Colorado with George Plimpton:
After we had each hit five balls, Hunter said it was time to get serious and we rode the cart to his favorite hole, the 14th – a short Par-3 straight shot over a large pond. The Aspen course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and the pond was full of geese…
Each of us would hit five balls in a row off the tee and then proceed to the green to putt. Only our best ball would count. We were all in for $1,000, Hunter said.
To find out who passed on the acid and who was prompted by the final strokes on the 14th green to toss their putter into the aforementioned pond, read on.
Jacket cover courtesy: Random House
Bloomberg has made some changes to its Japanese-language site, Bloomberg.co.jp. The new site is faster, more mobile-friendly and heavy on video content.
Anjali Kapoor, head of digital in Asia for Bloomberg Media Group, said the changes merely reflect the site’s readers.
“In view of the modern, mobile Japanese business consumer, we’ve included more localized, data rich news content on our new website,” explained Kapoor, in an announcement. “As a global leader in digital video, we will be featuring some of our best digital video and photos on the new site to deliver more compelling, interactive content to our Japanese audience every day on desktop and mobile.”
Quartz has made a few editorial promotions and hires. Details are below.Matt Quinn is now Quartz’s technology editor. He previously served as deputy news editor for technology and finance. Kabir Chibber has been named business editor. Chibber previously served as deputy news editor in London. Leslie Josephs joins as a travel reporter. She was most recently served as a reporter covering exchange-traded funds and markets for The Wall Street Journal. Thu-Huong Ha and Amy Wang, both previously Quartz editorial fellows, have been named reporters. He has been a Quartz fellow for the past year.
Hearst has named Ryan Mannion chief technology officer of Hearst Autos. Mannion was most recently senior vice president, head of product and technology at Ozy.
Prior to Ozy, Mannion served as Politico’s chief technology officer from its launch in 2007 to 2014.
Hearst Autos includes Car and Driver and Road & Track, Jumpstart Automotive Group and Veretech Holdings, Inc.
Myspace is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Time Inc.—which bought Myspace parent Viant in February—confirmed that hackers have stolen usernames, passwords and e-mail addresses from Myspace prior to June 11, 2013, when the company improved the site’s security.
Vice reports that roughly 427 million passwords were stolen and then offered up for sale on a hacker forum. The price? Only $2,800. Let the record show that Myspace isn’t even cool in the cyber criminal world.
Jeff Bairstow, Time Inc.’s exec vp and CFO, said the company is taking the hack “extremely seriously.”
New Salon CEO Jordan Hoffner isn’t wasting any time making his imprint on the site.
Hoffner, who was tapped last week to replace Cindy Jeffers, told staffers he wants to improve Salon’s stock and grow the company via acquisitions.
In a separate memo sent before the long weekend, Hoffner asked staffers to “think about what you can do to help the company even more than what you have contributed thus far.”
“Providing top notch experiences on our owned and operated properties as well as on social media and emerging platforms will continue to enthrall and steadily grow our user base,” wrote Hoffner. “The trick is to do this while making Salon a profitable and growing company.”
Apparently the meetings and memo didn’t go over well. Staffers are worried about layoffs and the Hoffner reign. “There’s concern and confusion about what the direction of the company will be,” one staffer told Politico.
Chloe Melas, most recently senior entertainment reporter for HollywoodLife.com, is joining CNN as an entertainment writer.
Melas helped Bonnie Fuller launch HollywoodLife.com in 2009. Prior to her time there, Melas worked for CNN as a news assistant.
Melas has also contributed to The Wendy Williams Show, HLN, Fox News, WPIX and more.
AP White House correspondent Julie Pace today reminds of the almost Seinfeld-ian way the brute social media force known as @realDonaldTrump first came about. Instead of George Costanza gaining a brief audience with George Steinbrenner, it was Peter Costanzo given a few minutes in Trump Tower.
Costanzo saw the 140-character-per-message platform as a new tool that the real estate mogul could use to boost sales and reach a broader audience.
He was given seven minutes to make his pitch to Trump — “Not five minutes, not 10,” Constanzo said — in a boardroom at Trump Tower in Manhattan that appeared to be the same one used on Trump’s reality television show. Trump liked what he heard.
“I said, ‘Let’s call you @RealDonaldTrump — you’re the real Donald Trump,'” Costanzo said. “He thought about it for a minute and said, ‘I like it. Let’s do it.'”
Costanzo says Trump immediately grasped the power of Twitter and became an early adopter. The marketing man was at the helm of @realDonaldTrump for the first eight months. Read the rest of Pace’s piece here.
Count Fortune editor (and former Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor) Alan Murray as a fan of the Journal’s insistence that its coverage of Donald Trump be “fair.”
Last week, Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker went on a “surreal tangent” demanding that his editors cover Trump and his campaign fairly.
In an email to Politico, Murray said “Baker’s lecture is totally appropriate, and even necessary.”
“The fact that there’s barely a single person in the press corp who supports Trump, but a sizable segment of the nation does, suggests we have to bend over backward to make sure we give our readers fair coverage. I’ve given Fortune reporters the same lecture,” continued Murray.
It’s hilarious that Trump is so awful that Baker even felt the need to say something, but we do have to admit, Murray has a point here.
In an interview with CBS This Morning, Gawker founder Nick Denton elaborated on all the drama surrounding Peter Thiel’s mission to destroy Gawker Media via bankrolling Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea’s lawsuits.
Denton first addressed the rumor that Gawker was up for sale. “When you have an angry billionaire against you, I think it’s quite right to look at every contingency,” he explained.
Later, Denton shot down the notion that Gawker outed Thiel in a 2007 story (the alleged motive for Thiel seeking revenge).
“No, I don’t believe that we did,” said Denton. “He [Thiel] told The New Yorker in 2003 that he was already open with friends. If you actually read the piece—written by a gay writer, and I am gay myself—it celebrated the fact that the most talented venture capitalist in Silicon Valley was gay in a largely straight, male world.”
Bernie Sanders is coming for you, New York Times.
During an interview on Meet The Press, Sanders was asked about a Times story that featured his supporters expressing hope that Hillary Clinton would be jailed over her email scandal. Uncle Bernie—surprisingly—didn’t hold back.
“I have a real problem with The New York Times,” said Sanders. “From day one, [the Times] has been dismissive of our campaign and very negative about our campaign.”
Sanders then delivered his standard message about “breaking up the big banks” etc, etc. and added “If the New York Times goes around and talks to a handful of people for a big front page story, then that’s a problem for the New York Times, not for our campaign.”
At the recent NFL Combine, a member of the Atlanta Falcons asked Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple if he liked men. During a recent edition of “Mason & Ireland,” the popular weekday program on 710 ESPN Radio Los Angeles, Steve Mason instructed John Ireland to bring up that same question.
Mason has since done several interviews about his decision to come out publicly, including a May 27 conversation with KCRW news producer Darrell Satzman:
“In taking this [Apple] story, I asked John to ask me the same question… And of course I said, ‘Yes, I do like men.’ And I told him to ask me again, and I again answered the question. And I think I did it five times, just to make the point. And then we moved on.”
“That was the opportunity to organically sort of get it out there. And I was really happy that we did it that way.”
Mason says he had been thinking about coming out for several months and that after he did on air, he received just one negative tweet. The Toledo, Ohio native also told Satzman that this aspect of his personal life had been known for some time among his immediate ESPN co-workers.
The latest version of the Windows vector graphics and image editing application shifts to a model that provides an inexpensive alternative to the Adobe Creative Cloud.
For a long time now, people have periodically asked, “Who Is Nardwuar?” In the wake of the Canadian media personality’s one-hour interview with Drake and colleague 40 earlier this month in Toronto, the latest to pose that question include Guardian US deputy arts editor Lanre Bakare.
Nardwuar first hit the airwaves of University of British Colombia student radio station CITR 101.9 FM in 1987, just a few years after SCTV had gone dark. Had Martin Short been at the time still actively parodying Canadian media figures, he almost certainly would have zeroed in on Nardwuar.
And in at least one respect, Nardwuar (real name: John Ruskin) shares a journalistic method with one-time CITY-TV Toronto interviewer Brian Linehan, who was spoofed by Short. From Bakare’s May 27 piece:
Nardwuar spends around a week researching each guest and – here’s his key sell – brings them gifts to jog their memories. His deep dives reveal anything from guilty pleasures and seminal records from their pasts to more intimate nuggets, like the fact DJ Khaled used to put his mixtapes in trainers when he worked at a sports shop, or that Hudson Mohawke’s dad rapped on a song for the defunct Glasgow Diamonds American footie team.
Next year will mark Nardwuar’s 30th anniversary on-air year. Expect some extra-special gifts.
H/T: Christopher Inoa