Elizabeth Spiers, who ran The New York Observer as EIC from January 2011 to August 2012, has announced the first of her new gigs after leaving the paper: She’ll now be the editorial director for Flavorpill.com, a site which she has worked on and off with since its founding days.
Gourmet Live, advertorial
Beginning August 24, The New York Observer will be printed in a mini-broadsheet format, Observer Media Group president Christopher Barnes announced today.
The mini-broadsheet is a shorter, narrower version of the traditional broadsheet, the format of The Wall Street Journal. The Observer switched to the tabloid from its original broadsheet in 2007.
“We’re keeping the classic Read More
New York Times food writer Kim Severson noticed what seemed like fishy advertorial at play in Condé Nast’s new Gourmet Live iPad app.
The app features drink recipes from mixologiest Elayne Duke, who is also a “Spirits Ambassador” for the alcohol company Diageo, which happens to own all of the brands of liquor Read More
Booze & Books
There’s a Nick Denton profile on newsstands today. It’s short on new revelations into the Gawker Media overlord’s life and psyche, but there is one surprising tidbit: the story isn’t in The New Yorker, it’s in New York magazine.
Whispers of New Yorker staff writer Ben McGrath’s forthcoming exploration Read More
Sloane Crosley celebrated her second book–How Did You Get This Number, from Riverhead–with a party last night at the Spotted Pig.
She wore a fetching strapless dress, carried a flashdrive of music from a friend (which she threatened to use as a switchblade, or maybe a Taser), and urged guests to try the deviled eggs Read More
Amazon seems to think it’s a children’s book (“Reading level: Ages 9–12”); the publishers’ classification over the bar code mentions African-American Studies—but I’d say that Elizabeth Spires’ I Heard God Talking to Me (FSG, $17.95) is a stunningly handsome art book, a fine tribute in poems and photographs to the sculpture of William Edmondson, the Read More
Yesterday Wired.com’s Chris Snyder reported on a new venture that aims to create an off-line newspaper made up entirely of repurposed blog posts. Called The Printed Blog (slogan: "The Best of the Web on your Newsstand!"), the company aims to create, per Mr. Snyder, "a twice-daily free print newspaper in cities Read More
Today’s New York Times reports that 81 percent of respondents in a Times/CBS News poll believe that "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track" in the U.S.
According to The Times‘ David Leonhardt and Marjorie Connelly, "two in three people said they believed the economy was in recession today." Read More
The past year has seen the launch of the Fox Business Network and Condé Nast’s Portfolio. Now it looks like there could be another brand-new business journalism start-up to add to the list.
Slate—the irreverent online magazine that, since being launched by Michael Kinsley in 1996, has established itself as a fixture in the Read More
Recently, a contretemps between former Gawker editors Jesse Oxfeld and Elizabeth Spiers got a bit out of control. So many former and guest editors! So hard to keep track of their various squabbles and quibbles! Well, until now….
The Gawker Media Buddy List (with apologies to Slate). Read More