Hollywood royals Will and Jaden Smith are in a whirlwind of promotion for their sci-fi film After Earth, written by the elder Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The eccentric father-son duo graces the cover of this week’s New York magazine for a bizarre discussion about their relationship, their approach to fame, and scientific theories that revolve around a nondescript theme of “patterns.” Author Claire Hoffman steers the interview in a questionable direction from the start and is quick to ask the two about their religion, probably in hopes that they’ll talk about Scientology. … Read More
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As New York magazine entertainment site Vulture reports, a column from New York magazine news blog Daily Intel is set to be adapted for the small screen. Writer Tom Spezialy and producers Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper will adapt “Sex Diaries,” the addictive weekly feature that chronicles the sex… Read More
The American Society of Magazine Editors has spoken: At last night’s National Magazine Awards, Time took home top honors, with titles like Inc., New York, O, The New York Times Magazine, and Saveur winning in their categories. But while those award recipients are getting a lot of press this morning, the ASME gave out a whole other set of laurels that aren’t getting as much attention, for the year’s best magazine covers. After the jump, we look at their selections in an attempt to discern whether these 11 covers really were the most impressive of 2011. Let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More
Most publications have an internal style guide for writers. For example, here at Flavorpill we frown upon food metaphors. Some places are much more specific. As Hugo Lindgren relays over on The New York Times Magazine’s The 6th Floor, when he was first hired at New York Magazine back in 1997, Kurt Andersen had just been fired as editor. But during his tenure, he (or presumably, one of his assistants) had created a one-page document titled “Words We Don’t Say.”
“It contained, as you might surmise, words and phrases that Kurt found annoying and didn’t want used in his magazine,” Lindgren explains. “Just yesterday, I rescued it from a bunch of old office stuff that I was throwing out, and I have to say, 14 years later, it’s still a pretty useful list of phony-baloney vocabulary that editors are well-advised to excise from stories.” Click through to check out the list of what irked Andersen, and let us know in the comments if there are certain words or phrases that you avoid. … Read More
This morning The Awl alerted us to the fact that Justin Bond is royally pissed about the recent New York Magazine profile by Carl Swanson, titled, “The Story of V.” In the article, Swanson writes, “One of the difficulties of writing about Bond’s reality flux is very basic: the pronoun. His friends mostly refer to him as “he,” though many go back and forth depending on the context or the fraughtness of their relationship (the musician Rufus Wainwright notably seems to use ‘he’ just to irk Bond). For the record, he would prefer to not be referred to as he or she but rather the faux-noun v, which references ‘Vivian,’ the new middle name he gave himself early this year.” … Read More
Culture is an ever-evolving beast, it’s true. We may not be completely sure where it’s going, but we do know where it’s been, and how better to track our progress than by looking at the changes in the most popular (and enduring) lifestyle and culture magazines in American culture? We’ve already taken a look at redesigned book covers, but magazines are a more immediate reflection of our selves – like advertisements, they’re a reflection of a cultural ideal. Plus, well, they’re fun to look at. Click through to see the vintage covers and contemporary redesigns of your favorite American rags, and let us know if you think we’re changing for the better or worse. … Read More
The New York Times recently conducted a poll that examined the age-old ritual of reading on the train. (Or as reporter Alexis Mainland enthuses, “Even without a seat, even while pressed with strangers into human panini, even as someone plays a keyboard harmonica and rattles a cup of change, even when stumbling home after a party.” ) Eight thousand readers responded to their question, “What was the last book, magazine and newspaper you read on the subway?” Let’s analyze the results:
The Good: We read New York Magazine (717 readers) as a means of fine-tuning our sophisticated taste for the arts, but when it comes time to commute, we prefer to snuggle up with a copy of The New Yorker (1,928 readers). Are we seduced by the higher word count or the suggestion of intellect? We have one friend who swears it’s easier to tuck in a jacket pocket.
The Bad: We are what we read. We are narcissists. New York must be in the title of your choice publication — you are not welcome into the clubhouse otherwise, not even the sandbox. It’s okay, Oprah, we still love you. … Read More
Deitch Projects has mounted a large, spirited exhibition to honor the memory of the artist Dash Snow, who died at 27 from a drug overdose at the Lafayette Hotel in New York on July 13. Organized by gallery director Kathy Grayson, with the help of Snow’s friends and family, the show opened at 76 Grand Street on Friday and runs through August… Read More
It was bound to happen eventually. We knew it was going on, but not how serious it had become. Over the years, our friends have tried to support themselves by silk-screening T-shirts or embroidering pillows with sassy witticisms. Most of these friends eventually found day jobs as freelance web designers and kindergarten teachers.
It seems, though, that they were onto something — the craft movement has finally gone from from flea market to art market. New York Magazine reports that the Armory Show had a definite D.I.Y. feel, with artists favoring grade school classics like yarn and thick, goopy paint. Sure, the installation that used all the yarn also contained $500 necklaces that viewers were supposed to fish out of the sculpture, but the (ahem) feel of the piece was still kitschy. … Read More
In case you don’t remember from the B.O. times, Nate Silver is that annoying guy who predicts political things using his fancy statistical software and nerdy number-sense. New York Magazine has asked him to predict this Sunday’s Academy Award winners in all six of the major categories, and while most of his selections… Read More