Bestselling novelist Jennifer Weiner started a Twitter fight with New York Times writer Andrew Goldman after she read his “Talk” feature in the Sunday magazine. Mr. Goldman asked actress Tippi Hedren, the star of The Birds and the subject of a new HBO movie about her relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, if she had ever been tempted to help her career along by having sex with directors. Ms. Weiner tweeted “Saturday am. Iced coffee. NYT mag. See which actress Andrew Goldman has accused of sleeping her way to the top. #traditionsicoulddowithout.”
For fashion editors, all roads lead to September: this month’s rag mags, engorged with advertisements, represent the triumph of the hypercapitalist ethos, the huge and the loud.
The Great Gatsby, the biggest movie of this winter until it was to be the biggest movie of next summer, has screwed its first magazine with its release-date switch. Gatsby is the lead item in Elle‘s September-issue fall preview, with the magazine noting, “Opening day is December 25; our champagne is already on ice.” (Better make sure Read More
There’s no way in this go-go 24-hour news cycle to present a fully up-to-date profile of any celebrity. Take, for instance, the case of Katie Holmes, who was to be a boring August Elle cover subject until her divorce filing from Tom Cruise.
If the timelines regarding her “daring escape” are Read More
What motivates people to write in to advice columns? It’s hardly the most efficient way to solve life’s dilemmas. The lead time is too long for any truly pressing, agonizing situations. And by the time the magazine or column comes out, even milder complaints will have been solved or forgotten about or morphed into totally different problems.
To us, agony aunt letter writing always seemed like a faintly exhibitionist way to get a verdict on your personal life, like People’s Court with the faces blurred out. Cheaper than couples therapy, writing into an advice column is private, but only in the sense that it won’t wreck your Google. Ideally, those in your cohort (especially he or she who has wronged you) will read it, recognize you and—thanks to the authority and impartiality of the advice columnist—realize that you were right all along, finally understanding the full magnitude of your suffering.
The sit-down with Drake in April’s GQ makes the 25-year-old rapper out to be a quick study in the cornier accoutrements of wealth and fame. Chiefly, the tacky swimming pool that features a waterfall, stepping stones, and statues of nude women.
But Drake reaches cheese-ball apotheosis when he sincerely tells writer Claire Hoffman how unfulfilled he is by one night stands.
Joe Zee is fashion director at Elle, and apparently one of the nicest guys in the business (even if more people recognize him more from The City or Project Runway than his own All On the Line). So it should be no surprise that he’s lavished with gifts wherever he goes…especially during Fashion Week. Though Gucci might have outdone itself with its present to Mr. Zee when they caught sight of him front-row during their Milan event this week.
Joe Zee and his violin were featured in “Posessed,” the Times Sunday Styles feature that gives free, tightly controlled publicity to bold face names with projects to promote (see Rose McGowan, Conan the Barbarian), and Stephen Adly Guirgis, The Motherfucker With The Hat) under the pretense of writing about their favorite objets.
Joe Zee, whose Sundance reality show “All on the Line” starts up again in November, would like to tell us about his violin because it’s a symbol of how he’s good at… everything.
“I was good at everything,” said Mr. Zee. “I was like Tracy Flick, sitting in the front row and raising my hand for everything. English, math — anything with a textbook. I was good at consuming knowledge. And I was great at home ec!”
Seth Plattner, assistant to Elle editor in chief Robbie Myers, has a thoughtful first person piece in the September issue about why he, a gay guy, makes out with girls.
One reason is simply because women are nicer to guys who flirt with them–even at Elle.
off the record
In fashion, you’re either in or you’re out.
Publishing is a bit more nuanced.
As a result, Hearst’s takeover of Hachette Filipacchi Media is going to lead to some awkward elevator run-ins. Take, for instance, the expected reunion between Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia and her former colleagues at Elle. She was fired by Read More