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Moss (Heart): New York Honch’s Limited Engagement

My unofficial experiment with the Nov. 3 issue of New York involved lots of pain medication and 15 minutes earmarked for a flip through Adam Moss’ redux of this grotty Gotham bible.  The results?  Five minutes left over to cut the more direct transmissions from Planet Lortab and also plan my dream wedding to the new editor-in-chief.  Anyone who can make New York digestible in under 10 minutes is clearly worth keeping around.


0:00-0:15…02:15-02:50:  Barack Obama Cover and Story

New York banner is almost completely obliterated by the first portrait of Obama I’ve seen where he actually looks black.  Inside, this new “urbanization” of Obama reveals itself as “let’s just not light him.”


00:30-01:05:  Intelligencer Page

Where’s Kurt Andersen?  I actually read the Justin Ravitz item on Lindsay Lohan.  I’ll make up the time later.  Li.Lo’s no account father is slamming Li.Lo’s gal pal Samanthan Ronson, but at the end of the item dad retracts because he’s a “Christian.”  Shouldn’t he just stone them both and get it over with?  My favorite mention is the one about the father’s “noncelebrity son.”  Son’s name appears in bold anyway.


01:05-01:27:  Intelligencer Page Two

One of those cheap New York cutouts of either Sarah Palin or Tina Fey: really tired of trying to discern those two.


01:27-01:37:  Intelligencer Page Three (math+teachers=who cares?)

Weird, early Todd Haynes-styled art really slows me down.  I think the portrait of Mattel’s Ken and Barbie might portent one of the real reasons I read New York.  Maybe a cashed-crazed Hamptons wife offed her hubby?  Perhaps there’s some big deal art heist?  Maybe someone famous had plastic surgery?  Turns out to be about Lehman Bros.  Bummer.  If Li.Lo stays out of the rest of the issue, I’ll make up the time.


01:37-01:55:  Party Lines!

I’d light a cigarette if I smoked.  This page is a triumph.  Tab-collared Karl Lagerfeld looks like his head is now levitating two feet above his neck.  Patti LaBelle’s starting to look Asian.  Stay away from those red, silk kimonos, Patti and Karl, but more Party Lines!


02:50-03:40:  Second Feature in the Well

There are three Billy Elliots on Broadway.  This feature seems remarkably reminiscent of one that ran in Time Out London when there were three Billy Elliots on the West End the summer The Tube blew up.  Next!


03:40-04:10:  Third Feature in the Well (But I Think I’m Still in Thatcher’s UK)

Unwittingly stumble into New York Knicks feature, thinking, wow, one of the Billy Elliots is really hairy.


04:10-04:15:  British Airways ad Separating Features from Strategist.

Come on, I’m not the only reader who saw Billy Elliot in London.  Get on the stick, Adam.


04:15-04:30:  Best Bets

Really bad layout on hoodies.  Candy Pratts Price, where are you?


04:30-05:15:  Look Book

Hot boy in a McCain/Palin hat assuming the traditional Republican “do me” position.  I probably would.  Oh, this is that stupid fashion thing where they highlight what “real’ New Yorkers are wearing.  I’d settle for Corky Pollan at this point.


05:15-05:27:  Food

Restaurants I can’t afford unless I’m reviewing them.  Hey, I thought Gael Greene was dead?  Can’t wait to hear what Pauline Kael makes of High School Musical 3: Senior Year.


05:49-06:22:  More Winter Travel

Shotgun shooting really close to Syracuse in Milford, Penn.  Cool.


06:30- 06:46:  Art

Since when did New York snatch up Jerry Saltz for their art page?  Not bad for a former truck driver.  He’s on about some art fair in London: those British Airways adverts don’t pay for themselves.


07:37:-08:00: Approval Matrix

Woo-whoo!  Liza on Broadway.


08:00-08:41: Agenda

How is just Billy Corrigan still Smashing Pumpkins?  Sarah Silverman, take a break.


08:41-08:47: Movies

Don’t tease a good movie (Rosemary’s Baby) with a better movie (The Bad Seed).  Pauline?


08:47-08:54: Still Movies

Zidane is starred.  Now here’s a listings ed. I can live with.  I mean, if Adam’s open to that type of arrangement.


–Tony Phillips



Game, Set, Match!!!

            The insight to the tennis world is evident from the one word title.

TENNIS magazine is a monthly circulation that covers different aspects of the tennis world. The name says it all. The magazine provides inside glimpses of top players on and off the court, tips on improving your game, and other topics that influence the tennis world.

In Tennis, you can always find advice and demonstrations on strokes or different tips to improve your tennis game. The October issue features tips from coaches, professionals, and former professionals.

For example, Mary Joe Fernandez, a former professional, breaks down an explanation of Novak Djokovic’s drop shot with a play-by-play analysis and pictures for each position.

Another example is the “5 Minutes” column by world famous coach Nick Bollettieri, where he gives steps on how to make your forehand a weapon, instead of an ordinary shot. Bollettieri describes practicing the inside-out forehand, which hits the ball across the court from the backhand side, and also the inside-in forehand that can drive the ball straight down the line over the high part of the net.

“The Complete Player” section also features advice on gear, health & fitness, and questions from fans and players about the rules of the game. 

The magazine’s gear of the month is tennis shoes. A list and photos of name brand shoes such as Adidas, Nike, and K-Swiss are compared and given scores on stability, arch support, ventilation, and weight.

TENNIS provides health & fitness tips, where it shows demonstrations of different exercises that work on protecting your joints.  The magazine displays pictures of single leg balancing and hamstring curls for examples.

As you can see, the tennis service can come in handy when working on your game, but does the magazine cover the celebrity tennis game?

Tennis provides an in depth look at veteran professionals and legends such as Nikolay Davydenko and Steffi Graf, discussing their life on and off the court.

Tennis also adds a little humor in the “Snapshots” section where it adds funny captions to different players during match play.  For example a photo of Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Olympics was captioned, “There may be a place for Rafael Nadal on the Spanish flag someday,” as he was wearing red, orange and yellow.

The magazine definitely caters more to people involved in the sport, whether it be someone just learning or someone on their way to a match point victory. TENNIS is the ultimate players’ guide. 

Check out the website .

— Skylaur Morris


When College Football Takes Care of Business

I am a rabid sports fan, and never in a 100 years would I’ve thought college football would be featured in one of the nation’s leading business publications. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across the Sept. 1 issue of Forbes magazine.  


It features on its cover University of Alabama’s head football coach, Nick Saban, posing with a confident smile in Bryant-Denny Stadium, and it touts him as the most powerful coach in sports. He is the first college coach to make Forbes cover since the magazine was started in 1917. 
“No coach, including those in the professional leagues, can match Saban’s combination of money, control, and influence,” Monte Burke, the author writes.

 But sweet Jesus, a football coach on the cover of Forbes?????

 Forbes has adjusted its coverage during the current economic turmoil, and the Nick Saban piece is a fitting example. In normal times, Forbes is hyper-focused on traditional, straightforward coverage of the technology, energy and telecommunications companies of the moment. But these aren’t normal times, and there is a palpable need for “positive” stories and optimism. In fact, for religious sport fans and business novices like me, the cover story was plenty, and made the entire magazine worth buying.


And honestly this is the reason why this issue was so appealing to people (it was sold out in matter of minutes in Alabama, where football is a religion; Forbes reprinted 10,000 copies of the popular issue). This issue was fresh and broadened the readership. Because of the cover it got the attention of football fans and sport aficionados, who otherwise would have never glanced twice at it.


The article is packed with some insightful numbers and finacial statements about Alabama’s athletics budget and capital. But, overall it keeps the readers away from the pessimism of the financial crisis.


The thing is Forbes is perhaps the most thoughtful of the business publication behemoths out there. It seems to care most about on-point, relentless (not to say smothering) and glutting coverage of business-related issues. Indeed, Forbes doesn’t read as easily as other big business glossies for example. But again, that’s because Forbes’ aim and platform is specifically geared toward serving as a means for serious-minded business professionals to stay up to date with the current flow of information.


Besides, given the current economic crisis, reading any business publication can be a particularly strenuous and joyless task. Forbes is just not for everybody; it is without a doubt a first-rate analytical and quality business magazine, and in many ways, it still very much adheres to its motto, “The Capitalist Tool.”


With the capitalistic world gasping for fresh air, it seems to me that the lights are dimming on a magazine which in its heyday (under legendary publisher Malcom Forbes) boasted conspicuous prosperity and captivated the business world.

 But in the midst of the current financial crisis, the Nick Saban cover was the right move to stray from the negative stories and boost sales.


Adeniyi Amadou




















































































Less Music, More Superconsciousness

Fader Magazine is traditionally an amalgam of music and global issues.

In the latest issue, music is merely an appetizer for an entree of politically and culturally charged ideas  sauteed with superconsciousness.

Founded in 1998, this independent New York City-based glossy is published eight times a year.

It focuses on music, culture, fashion, hip hop, reggae, independent rock, pop, and dance music.

Usually overflowing with music features, this October/November photo special of Fader fuses the disco and pop group TV On The Radio with other features on war, HIV, and more.

Unlike other mainstream music magazines such as Rolling Stone, this issue is dedicated to global issues that aren’t as widely covered in music news, delving into the intimate details of soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and young women of color living with HIV and AIDS in America.
“American Wars” is a photo essay that unleashes visual and verbal truth about American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is effective because it shows a soldier identified as Sgt. Russell of the 10th Mountain Division troops restraining stray dogs that the soldiers befriended. Toward the end of their 16-month tour, some of the soldiers’ tension boiled over when they shot one of the dogs for urinating on a cot. This image exemplifies to Fader’s readers the aggression some soldiers undergo overseas.

Photojournalist Peter van Agtmael embeds images into the readers’ minds with his humanistic storytelling. He personalizes the journey of an amputee, U.S. soldier Raymond Hubbard, and how he lost his leg when a rocket landed near his post. The powerful imagery shows Hubbard staring at himself in the mirror with bottles of medications he needs to counteract his constant pain. Next, Hubbard is playing Star Wars with his children, trying to maintain normalcy in family life throughout the stroke, coma, and amputation he endured.

In 16 emotional pages, the photo essay captures the soldiers’ lives as they trudge through war, day after day.  Van Agtmael eloquently combined every individual soldier’s story and photo to illustrate that these soldiers aren’t just nameless, faceless people you hear about in the news. He depicts them having fun, working, playing with their children, talking with village elders in Afghanistan, and doing everyday tasks—before some of them were ambushed by the Taliban and killed.

Another photo essay covers a different kind of war.  “The Conundrum” tells the tale of young women of color living with HIV. These women are remarkably depicted, from a day on the beach at Coney Island, to living in transitional HIV homes in Jackson, Miss.  The magazine’s use of black and white photos instead of color made me think of the material more critically.

The article discusses how these young women struggle to portray HIV publicly and make people pay attention. It’s alarming that these women wrestle to pay for their medications in the U.S., yet in countries like Mexico, George Bush compensates theirs.

Fader uses transparency in photojournalism to unveil powerful and sensitive topics to its readers.  The reader might think he or she will consume some abstract photos and facts, but the stories beneath are deeper and should ignite dialogue and interest.

If “superconsciousness” means caring not just about human challenges and pain – but about giving voices to the voiceless – then Fader has reached its goal.  And it’s done so without a celebrity musician in sight.

–Alysia Satchel

O Knows Homes

From cover to cover, the O at Home fall 2008 issue jam-packed classic and chic interior décor ideas inside a mere 142 pages.  While other home design publications are as thick as 500-page wedding magazines, this slim and trim member of the Oprah Magazine family pulls off an interesting mix of the high end and the second hand all under one glossy cover featuring Oprah’s personal library in her Santa Barbara home.

This issue has amazing ideas that can be mastered and maintained on even the skimpiest budget.  Each issue has the $3 or less idea that saves you money and adds some flare or innovation to some aspect of your home décor.  O at Home is a quarterly that uses a theme for summer, spring, fall, and winter.  Needless to say, it has a special place in its heart for each season.  For the fall, there is a focus on finding that cozy place in your home to curl up with a good book, or several as Oprah puts it, and enjoy time to yourself.

Books aren’t the only literary theme in this issue because there are features on writers and the places they go to work on projects.  One piece that inspires the soul of a writer was written by novelist Alice Hoffman.  In 500 words or less she beautifully depicts a quaint, little Cape Cod house that stands next door to her and her husband’s summer home.  They bought the home after the owner passed away, and then turned the old and hidden dwelling into a light and airy abode fit for inspiring written works of art.  Hoffman’s friends told her they would not have completed the work they did, had they not visited the “writers’ house.”

O at Home offers expertise in creating a comfortable reading room in your own home, no matter if your taste is chic, modern, country, or vintage there is a style you can mimic for big bucks at a swanky boutique or at a local thrift shop on dollars and dimes.  Once your new space is achieved, allow yourself some time to curl up with that next good read.   

Whether it’s the books or the bookends, or the style inspirations, O at Home has a wide variety of substance that makes a home.  Feel at ease because O at Home really knows you.  However, be prepared for the constant humming of “O-wo-Oprah,” you may take part in while flipping through the pages. 


– Farah Pike

Ms. Is Still Giving It To Us

Ms. magazine is living proof that feminist magazines still have a job to do and a place on the market.  The Summer 2008 issue was just a taste of how great Ms. was and how great it can still be.  The magazine is a little small in size but it is still offering readers the content that can be hard to come by in other more popular publications.

Ms. magazine, launched nearly 37 years ago as an insert in New York Magazine, is one of America’s first feminist magazines. Co-founders Gloria Steinem and Letty Cottin Pogrebin wanted Ms. to address the feminist movement that few acknowledged. Ms. was the answer to all the women’s magazines that only focused on fashion, advice on marriage and babies, and cosmetics. 

What had been a monthly in the ’70s to the late ’80s struggled through tight economic times and ownership changes. Now, current owner the Feminist Majority Foundation manages only to publish Ms. a few times a year, and at a relatively steep $5.95 newsstands price for an 80-page issue. 

The slim magazine still packs a punch. Ms.’s Summer 2008 issue offers several facts and statistics on women’s issues. I would have never known about the rising percentage of women being thrown out of the military under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy had it not been for this edition of Ms. It was also great to see a small piece in the front of the book about the Girl Scouts. Ms. offers a spotlight on ads that are still objectifying and over sexualizing women to sell products, from travel to beer, at the back of the book.

            The issue’s five features weren’t long, but they were jam-packed with information.  The longest article was only 4 pages. I particularly appreciated the story about the “D.C. Madam,” a woman who after being convicted of several crimes related to prostitution hanged herself. Her “tricks,” big names in the government such as Republican Sen. David Vitter and Harlan K. Ullman, a retired U.S. Navy commander, walked away free. 

            Ms. still has a function in today’s society. This magazine brings much needed attention to women’s issues across the country that rarely get covered in local or national news or big name women’s magazines.

-Cindia Gonzalez

Ty Pennington in Print

Have you ever seen Ty Pennington’s ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? If you haven’t you can grab a print version on a magazine rack near you.

Woman’s Day launched Ty Pennington at Home in May 2007. To put it mildly, the contents equate to just short of a Ty shrine. Readers, otherwise known as Ty fans, are shamelessly fed his helpful hints, picks for the hottest new gadgets, and eco-friendly tips to home décor.

If you aren’t a Ty fan, this magazine still may pique your interest. Glimpses of this guy’s big heart and winning smile are scattered throughout the pages. And if you can stomach even more sugar coating, keep reading to learn his suggestions for “205 Cool Design Ideas” and “Instant Seasonal Face-Lifts,” promoted on the cover.  

The “Ty Spies” section shows us his picks for this season’s “new and noteworthy” must haves. Amid the colored vases and pricy furniture is Ty’s latest book—Good Design Can Change Your Life. For only $25, you can jump into more pages of self-promotion. Who can’t live without more “design principles and ideas that make his rooms work?” But wait, he’s already going to tell us 205 of them, do we really need an entire book? Save your money.

“Ty Tech” tells of the new and available electronic gadgets. Big boy toys for the man of the house double as a woman’s practical purchase—sometimes. Who doesn’t want a Wi-Fi enabled robot with a GPS sensor and built-in camera? Think of all the possibilities. Ty also suggests a wireless HD system to hide unsightly cords of HDTVs and DVD players. Finally a purchase with a purpose.

Concerned about the eco system? So is Ty! In “Ty Eco” “stuff that’s easy on the planet” is a little random and superfluous. Check out the doggy beds, if Fido is in need of a new one. They are custom made from 100 percent recycled soda bottles. No pup at your pad? Then take a peek at some hanging lamps from rECOlector. These lime green, violet, or black fixtures are made from recycled egg cartons and sell for $1000. 

The most helpful part in the magazine is “Ty Organizes.” From wire shelves in the linen closet to labeled and divided front hall closets, Ty provides all the answers.

No self-promoting magazine is complete without some do-gooderism. “Ty Gives” is a plug to let his readers know, this month, he is helping “disabled kids and adults enjoy sand and surf,” through an organization called AccesSurf.

There are a few features. If Ty isn’t a go-to source, he—well, he’s always a go-to source.

By the end of the magazine, if you counted all 20 of the snapshots featuring Ty and felt a little queasy, or if all the guitar playing, gingerbread house decorating, and holiday preparing has got your head spinning, might I suggest some Bayer aspirin advertised by Ty. Perhaps you should leave this read on the magazine rack for the Ty fanatic.

 -Sarah Haase