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Yasiel Puig's harrowing journey from Cuba to Dodger Stadium

puig-lamag-pugliese.jpg Los Angeles Magazine contributor Jesse Katz spent five months sorting out the story of how Puig was taken to Mexico and held by smugglers, and the deal that committed 20 percent of his future earnings to a small-time Miami crook.

Garcetti interview: The mayor as urban policy wonk

la-mag-garcetti-bkfst.jpg Los Angeles Magazine is posting the full video this week of a breakfast session with Mayor Eric Garcetti held last week at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. He chats in the free-flowing interview with editor Mary Melton.
This perhaps bears repeating: The Hollywood Reporter is up for a general excellence award in the most prestigious magazine competition in the country. So is Pacific Standard.

The New Yorker profiles 'twilight' of Kobe's career

kobe-grab-tny.jpg Bryant says he's fairly certain he will retire as a player when his contract expires in the summer of 2016.

Los Angeles Magazine embraces car culture

la-driver-grab-mini.jpg Just when it seems from consuming any media that LA has abandoned its automobile ways — but in actuality hasn't — Los Angeles Magazine decides to zig where the others zag.
vf-march-2014-hollywood-cover.jpg Plenty of stars show up on the cover of Vanity Fair despite Gwyneth Paltrow's ask that her friends shun the magazine. Editor Graydon Carter addresses the whole Paltrow saga in his editor's letter.

California newspapers to carry a new print Sunday magazine

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 12.59.12 AM.jpg The California Sunday Magazine will exist in several digital formats and be delivered on dead trees in the Los Angeles Times and other papers. It's coming out of the Bay Area — and they are hiring.

New York Magazine to cut back to every 2 weeks

nymag-arod-cover.jpg New York Magazine has been slowly tapering back from being a true weekly, putting out just 42 issues this year. But in March they make it official.

Maria Elena Durazo profile names a key name *

durazo-lamag-grafic.jpg Los Angeles Magazine says in the new issue that Miguel Contreras, the labor leader who died in 2005, was having an extra-marital affair with a state senator for nine years.

13 things we didn't know about Kai Ryssdal of 'Marketplace'

kai-ryssdal-vf.jpg Vanity Fair works some fun biographical facts into its November issue. Included are details on how he maintains his haircut, his Navy aviator roots and what he drives — and what time he gets to work.

Rick Caruso had commercials cut for mayor race

caruso-lamag-square.jpg Shopping center developer Rick Caruso told Los Angeles magazine that he was all set to run for mayor last year until his family hesitated. No longer a Republican, he says he still may run someday and he hopes that Eric Garcetti is bold enough to risk his job every day.

Ex-Marine sniper recalls seduction by OC serial killer

jay-roberts-ocm.jpg Jay Roberts describes for the first time his motel room encounter with Randy Kraft, who is now on Death Row. But is is true? Orange Coast Magazine's editor took steps to find out.

Los Angeles Magazine fetes Roz Wyman

lamag-wyman-guerrero.jpg With the Dodgers heading to the playoffs, the former City Council member who helped get them to LA gets an award. Garcetti chief of staff Ana Guerrero is also dubbed one of ten LA women of the year. Here's the list.

Model for SI cover featured in the Times died last month

si-cover-1017.jpg Dolores Greer died at age 81 on the same day that reporter Bob Pool interviewed an autograph collector who was trying to find her. She was a busy fashion model in 1960 Los Angeles.

Kerri Walsh Jennings without bikini (and with baby)

kerri-walsh-nude-espn.jpg SoCal is well represented, as usual, in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue celebrating the fact that the editors got a bunch of gorgeous-bodied athletes to strip naked — again. The LA royalty of the nudes is Olympic champion and mother of three Kerri Walsh Jennings, who used the promotional buzz to announce her comeback with a new partner.

Boom profiles Hidden LA's Lynn Garrett

lynn-garrett-boom.jpg In the current issue of Boom, Lynell George explores the civic and online phenomenon that is Hidden LA. Plus some observations about Boom, the journal from UC Press that wants to be the California magazine we never had.
piolin-bigshot-lamag.jpg Giselle Fernandez's latest Big Shots video interview for Los Angeles magazine is with Eddie (Piolin) Sotelo. The L.A.-based Univision Radio personality talks about the state of the Latino population in Los Angeles and the U.S.

How Jeffrey Katzenberg became the Democrats' bell cow

Katzenberg_illo-mj.jpg A long piece called Access Hollywood in the current Mother Jones examines Jeffrey Katzenberg as the latest deep-pockets kingmaker in American politics. The story starts with Katzenberg being wooed by Paul Begala and three other Democratic operatives in a private dining room in Beverly Hills. He goes on to give or raise $30 million for President Obama's reelection.

Los Angeles Magazine snags Carlos Slim for new video series*

giselle-carlos.jpg Former news anchor Giselle Fernandez kicks off "Big Shots" on the magazine's CityThink website with the Mexican mogul. The series will feature influential business people and leaders.
greuel-glamour.jpg The women's magazine thinks that Greuel's first politics mentor was Tom Brady, but gets to the bottom of her preferred "go-to look."

Los Angeles Magazine wins Ellie

lamag-plasticsurgery.jpg The National Magazine Award for Los Angeles last night came in the personal service category. The Naked Truth About the Future of Your Face and Body, a package on plastic surgery and the industry, was edited by Nancy Miller and ran in the October 2012 issue.

Magazine asks: why isn't prolific serial killer dead?

Kraft Opener.jpg Randy Kraft was arrested almost 30 years ago with the body of his latest victim in the front seat of his car, and photos of many other victims under the Toyota's floormat. The computer programmer was convicted of 16 murders and linked to 65 others. He's still languishing at San Quentin, now 68 years old.

'Los Angeles' rethinks 'Failure' cover: still not impressed

lamag-mav-failure.jpg Ed Leibowitz wrote the 2009 cover story for Los Angeles Magazine that pronounced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa mostly a failure at the end of his first term. The cover image went a long way toward turning the mayor's media treatment at the time.

Writer discovers that Wet lives on — in Paris

wet-paris-kurcfeld.jpg How's this for strange: Michael Kurcfeld was checking out an exhibition on imaginary languages in the Pompidou Museum in Paris recently when he came across a story he wrote in 1979 for the long-dead Los Angeles mag Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing.

Hidden LA sues Los Angeles Magazine over name *

hidden-la-page-grab.jpg Two years ago, when Los Angeles magazine themed its February special issue the "Hidden LA" issue without credit, W. Lynn Garrett wasn't amused. When it happened again this year, the founder of the wildly popular Hidden Los Angeles Facebook community and website sued in federal court.

Michael Parrish, LA journalist

michael-parrish-niger-river.jpg Michael Parrish was a longtime presence on the magazine journalism scene in Los Angeles as an editor and writer. He was founding editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a contributor to Playboy, New West, California and other magazines, and a lecturer at USC Annenberg. He died today in the LA area, according to friends.

Striving to detail the evolution of Kevin James

kevin-james-lamag.jpg Los Angeles Magazine in a new piece up today calls Kevin James "the surprise of the mayor’s race." The story, though, is really about how candidate James has softened the kinds of things he used to say when he was an anger talk radio host.

Guess which other big catastrophe awaits California (again)

sacramento-flood-1862.jpg We know about the deal we make with earthquakes, but the biggest catastrophes through time in California have actually been storms. There's only been one on the epic scale since statehood, but a story in the new Scientific American says the next time will be worse for us.

Facing 50, LA editor decides to work out

amy-wallace-kick-segal.jpg Amy Wallace, an editor at Los Angeles magazine, is going to get ready for her birthday party by living a life that many fantasize about: working out every day just like it was a job. She wants to walk into the party "a taut, 140-pound warrior-goddess."

Los Angeles Mag sounds unimpressed by mayoral choices

In her editor's note introducing the January issue of Los Angeles magazine, Mary Melton doesn't sound too wowed by the candidates who are running for mayor. The next leader of...

Scientology series in the LA Times revisited

sappell-lamag.jpg Joel Sappell writes in the January issue of Los Angeles magazine about the harassment he and co-author Robert Welkos endured, and he talks to a key church defector who used to run intelligence for L. Ron Hubbard and was the chief "auditor" for Tom Cruise.

Vice magazine claims to be traveling with McAfee

mcafee-guatemala-vice.jpg A crew from Vice posted photos this morning reported to be of on-the-run former tech pioneer John McAfee and his 20-year-old girlfriend from Belize, Sam, meeting with a lawyer in Guatemala City.

Madeleine Brand's talks with KCRW seem to be progressing

Thumbnail image for brand-martinez.jpg Brand tells Los Angeles magazine that she's in talks with KCRW for a 9 a.m. show that would compete with the friends she left at KPCC. But KCRW's Jennifer Ferro says in a statement that nothing is firm.

An appreciation of LA's sidewalk shrines

sidewalk-shrines.jpg In the November issue of Los Angeles magazine, and online today, editor Amy Wallace and photographer Damon Casarez pay attention to the impromptu memorials you sometimes see placed where someone recently died.

LA's toughest dining reservation

craig-thornton-tny.jpg It's Craig Thornton’s private Wolvesmouth dinners in a loft downtown, says Dana Goodyear in "Toques From Underground" in this week's New Yorker.

Mayor has breakfast with 'Los Angeles' Magazine

melton-mav.jpg Villaraigosa was in a forgiving mood about that "Failure" cover back in 2009. He even joked about his "General Petraeus moment."

New York Magazine cover: The City and the Storm

ny-mag-cover-sandy.jpg With a note from the editors.

New 'Noir Magazine' starts to crank up for tablets

noir-mag-icon.jpg Nancie Clare and Rip Georges, the former editor and creative director, respectively, of the late Los Angeles Times Magazine, are moving toward launching a mystery-oriented tablet magazine they are calling Noir. "The first of its kind iPad magazine for the mystery, thriller and true crime genres in all mediums: books, movies, TV, graphic novels and video games" is how they describe it.

Media notes: Out at LAT, in at Pacific Standard

Leaving the Los Angeles Times staff is Dean Kuipers, recently the nightlife editor in Arts and Entertainment. Read his farewell email. Plus an editor joins Pacific Standard magazine, and Nieman Journalism Lab explains HuffPost Live.

Helen Gurley Brown, editor and media benefactor was 90 *

helen-gurley-brown.jpg Helen Gurley Brown was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazines for three decades and the author of the 1962 bestseller, "Sex and the Single Girl." "Helen Gurley Brown was an icon," said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation.

A visit with the Valley's sex toy kings

chad-ron-braverman.jpg Dave Gardetta of Los Angeles magazine explores the company behind the somewhat legendary, or at least time-tested, sex toy company that markets as Doc Johnson products. The real Doc Johnsons are Ron Braverman and his 30-year-old son, Chad. Their company is "the Procter & Gamble of sex toys. Each month the company pours 125 tons of rubber, manufacturing 330,000 dildos, vibrators, and synthetic buttocks."

The American Prospect survives its funding crisis

the-american-prospect-cover.jpg The liberal policy and politics magazine in Washington with the LA connections says it received a grant that pushed recent donations over $1.2 million, ensuring continued operation for now.

Online magazine for the gay and HIV positive to debut

Positive Frontiers bills itself as "the nation’s only HIV magazine for gay and bisexual men." It's from Frontiers Media, which publishes other gay-oriented publications

Spencer Beck editing an LA magazine again

laconfidential-cover-summer2012.jpg Spencer Beck, the editor of Los Angeles magazine from 1997-2000, has been named editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Confidential.

Fired Good staffers vow to start new magazine

good-staff-friedman.jpg The eight editors and designer who lost their jobs last week at Good magazine (or opted out) posted a message in which they admit to being scared about the lack of income, and their regret that some of them may have to move out of Los Angeles. But they also wish Good well in its new direction, and say they intend to work together as a team one more time on a magazine concept that has a name. Plus: Good explains the firings.

Sad face on Good's job posting *

good-screen-grab.jpg Good magazine's job posting for a features editor has changed to a large ASCII sad face in the wake of last week's mass firing of the staff. Update: It's their 404 page, couple of observers say.

KCRW's Liza Richardson surfs with fashion and one arm

liza-richardson-surfer.jpg Fashion magazine Marie Claire devotes a one-page photo feature in the June issue to Liza Richardson, the longtime KCRW DJ and music supervisor for movies and TV. The angle is that she also surfs. But then a blog noticed the photo editing.

Staff massacre at Good magazine

good-mag-cover-summer2012.jpg On Thursday night, Los Angeles-based Good threw a party at Atwater Crossing for its latest issue. On Friday, executive editor Ann Friedman and at least five other editors got the axe, pretty much clearing out the top levels of the Los Angeles editorial office. Here's what we know.

Friday media notes

road-and-track-covers.jpg Road and Track leaving Southern California, Jo Mora map on "Patt Morrison," LA's tweeting scanner monitor, Charlie Tuna and more.

High school yearbook photos of Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

DianeKeaton-highschool.jpg Orange Coast magazine digs up old pictures of more than a dozen celebrities who grew up in Orange County. Also: the Seal Beach salon massacre revisited as an exercise in what the Internet gets wrong.

LA Times kills the Sunday magazine — again

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg Admittedly, many Los Angeles Times print subscribers didn't know the Times still printed a magazine every month. Even some high-income Zip codes didn't receive it with any regularity. But now the magazine is gone again. Here's the memo from LAT president Kathy Thomson.

Time's breastfeeding cover with LA mom

time-breast-cover.jpg The Los Angeles woman who everyone in the media seems to be talking about this week is Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old mother of two and also a lactation consultant and breastfeeding advocate. She blogs about breastfeeding, mothering and "attachment parenting" at I am Not the Babysitter, but the site seems to be down. Not surprising, given the emotional frenzies sparked by her still breastfeeding her soon-to-be four-year-old son, and Time putting them on the cover in such a provocative pose.

Another media job open in LA: associate editor for Ms.

An LA media person sent this along. Ms. magazine is looking to hire an associate editor to work in Los Angeles.
time-protester-cover.jpg Time magazine picked up the top honor tonight at the Ellies in New York, singled out by the American Society of Magazine Editors for its print and digital achievements, including the cover with Ted Soqui's picture of an Occupy LA protester. The New Yorker won in reporting for Lawrence Wright's story on director and screenwriter Paul Haggis' fight with the Church of Scientology.

Los Angeles magazine has breakfast and great weekends

lamag-bkfst-5-1-12.jpg As part of its CityThink efforts, Los Angeles magazine hosted another of its breakfast conversations this morning at Kate Mantilini, this time with Ben Hecht, the president and CEO of Living Cities. The May issue features a return of the 52 Great Weekends feature, and a profile of KFI power talkers John and Ken, and a Q&A with Controller Wendy Greuel.

The American Prospect may be on the ropes

the-american-prospect-cover.jpg The Washington liberal politics and policy magazine edited by Kit Rachlis, the former Los Angeles magazine editor, is in financial trouble. "I'm extremely hopeful that we'll be able to raise the money," Rachlis told Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post. Nonetheless, staffers were told last week that if donors don't cough up about $500,000, there was a possibility that "the Prospect's last issue as currently constituted would be the July/August issue."

Balboa Island has to decide if it believes in global warming

Balboa Island for LAO.jpg A piece in Orange Coast magazine focuses on the dilemma in OC's Newport Harbor where the good Republicans of Balboa Island either believe the Pacific is rising and need an $80 million seawall — and soon — or they believe Rush Limbaugh and friends that global warming is a creation of the loony left.

Q&A with Griffith Observatory curator Laura Danly

laura-danly-westways.jpg The only Griffith Observatory figure we usually hear about is Edwin Krupp, the longtime face of the institution who has done a thousand interviews if he's done one. Westways goes another way for its May Space issue.

Campaign 2012: The view from over there

economist-hardball-campaign.jpg The cover of the April 14 issue of The Economist: Americans play hardball.

Los Angeles mag a finalist for two Ellies

Today's list of finalists for the National Magazine Awards includes two writers for Los Angeles magazine.

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger jumps to Vanity Fair

Goldberger had been at the New Yorker since leaving the New York Times, where he won a Pulitzer Prize, in 1997. Is this the end for architecture at the New Yorker?

Joe Kimberling, magazine art director was 46

joe_kimberling+dipaolo.jpg Kimberlng, the art director of Los Angeles magazine from 2000 to 2009, died Thursday of complications from cancer.

Mixed race America

time-mixed-race-cover.jpg Since we've been doing magazine covers that celebrate blending, here's one a reader sends along from 18 months after the Los Angeles riots.

Multi-racial LA, another update

jewtinos.jpg Between this month's Los Angeles and Tu Ciudad of yore, there were...Jewtinos.

Journalist explains young Filipino wife is not what you think

haldane+wife.jpg David Haldane, a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, doesn't blame you for wondering: he's a 63-year-old divorcee who had an affair, and she's 33.

Are Los Angeles mag's covers five years late?

ciudad-cover-new-angelenos.jpg Los Angeles magazine's cover variations on mixed-race Angelenos may not be so original.

Race issue of Los Angeles magazine for April

kyala.jpg The 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots will be the media topic of the month for April. Check out the three different covers chosen by the editors.

Celebrating the journal Wet

wet-cover-julaug78.jpg Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing was published in Venice between 1976 and 1981. Now there's a book.

Jonathan Gold also debuts at Smithsonian

The March issue of Smithsonian introduces Jonathan Gold as the magazine's new food columnist, and he writes about LA food trucks.

Los Angeles Mag's Mary Melton gets added duties

mary+melton+laane.jpg Mary Melton, the editor of Los Angeles magazine, will add the title of editorial director for parent Emmis Publishing a year from now on April 1, 2013.

LA Weekly posts Jonathan Gold's job - and loses another

Jonathan Gold's new job at the LA Times includes front page pieces on culture — while the LA Weekly also loses Elina Shatkin to Los Angeles Magazine.

Miller-McCune rebrands as Pacific Standard

pacific-standard-logo.jpg Editor Maria Streshinky explains the Santa Barbara-based magazine's evolving mission.

Jill Kinmont Boothe, L.A.-born ski racer and teacher was 75*

mccoykinmontsm.jpg I didn't really know the Jill Kinmont story until reading today's LA Times obituary, but it has so many noteworthy elements. I've spent an hour reading about her.

Vin Scully on working: 'I don't want to lose my friends'

vin-scully-golf-digest.jpg The Dodgers announcer on golf, books and why he can't retire at age 84 in an interesting interview in Golf Digest.

Case of the Tongan luger with the underwear name

bruno-banani-spiegel.jpg Germany's Der Spiegel investigates the amazing coincidence that Bruno Banani, the only luge racer from the island of Tonga, shaes the exact name of a fashionable German underwear brand. The questions lead to L.A.

Mike Kelley told Artillery he was 'having a really hard time'

mike-kelley-artiellery.jpg Artillery founder Tulsa Kinney has posted her interview in the magazine with Mike Kelley, possibly the last interview with the artist who apparently killed himself at home in South Pasadena earlier this week.

Vanity Fair's Hollywood cover posted

vanity-fair-hollywood-cover-2012.jpg Yes, once again it's young and mostly white actresses, fronted by Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska. Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.

Los Angeles Magazine editor on LA, buses and the Times

mary+melton+laane.jpg Since taking over as editor of Los Angeles in 2009, Mary Melton has "continued to push the publication beyond its former Westside comfort zone into the far corners of our megalopolis," says The Frying Pan News, the city and politics website from the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.

The Economist's man in Los Angeles

andreas+kluth+zocalo.jpg If he didn’t work at The Economist, Andreas Kluth "would still be precisely the type of cosmopolitan his magazine would want as a reader," Andrés Martinez writes for Zócalo Public Square.

Playboy to end Chicago era, join Larry Flynt in Beverly Hills

playboy-drive.jpg Playboy Enterprises, founded in Chicago by Hugh Hefner in 1953, has been slowly moving west.

LA Observed on KCRW: The mystery billionaire of downtown

In my weekly commentary segment tonight with Lisa Napoli, we talk about media-shy Colorado mogul Phil Anschutz and his local right-hand, Tim Leiweke.

Sex and the Woodstuck generation of Orange County

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Senior communities are being changed from the inside by aging baby boomers. Headline for the Orange Coast magazine cover story: "Sexagenarians, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll."

Gloria Allred profiled in 'Los Angeles'

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The Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations (and the Anthony Weiner frolics some months earlier) provide fresh material for the January profile.

Jumping the gun on LACMA's big rock *

rock-photo-w-figs1.jpg The Levitated Mass boulder is still in Riverside County, despite what Los Angeles magazine says.

Time's 'Protester' cover an L.A. production *

sarah-mason-soqui.jpg Time's Person of the Year cover was designed by Shepard Fairey from a Ted Soqui photograph of an Occupy LA protester in Downtown.

Lindsay Lohan's jailhouse nude photos posted online

lohan-nude-thumb.jpg Actually, it's the pictorial spread the former actress did for Playboy. Here's one somewhat safe for work example.
dragon-tattoo-uncensored.jpg In exchange for a special early viewing of David Fincher's "Girl With a Dragon Tattoo," David Denby and other members of the New York Film Critics Circle agreed to embargo any reviews.

Speaking of magazines: what's wrong with this picture?

inland-empire-cover.jpg December is The Glam Issue for Inland Empire magazine.

Los Angeles magazine redesigns

lamag-1211-cover.jpg December's issue of Los Angeles brings a new look and a revamped lineup in the front of the book. Plus: what's in the magazine.

Krassner vs. Breitbart in Playboy

krassner-breitbart-gloves.jpg Lefty icon Paul Krassner and conservative culture warrior Andrew Breitbart actually got together by mutual assent to discuss their respective world views.

Benedict Canyon's culture war over a (Saudi) house

benedict-cyn-vanity-fair.jpg Vanity Fair digs into the neighbor-on-neighbor clash over plans for a big house on the five-acre estate of Saudi prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

Roger Angell blogs on last night's World Series game

roger-angell-ws-scorecard.jpg "Yes, a great game and never mind the early stuff," says the New Yorker writer.

Fashionization of Lisbeth Salander

rooney-mara-cover-story-01_153245359716.jpg_article_singleimage.jpg First the American actress who is portraying Swedish book and film heroine Lisbeth Salander graces the cover of this month's American Vogue. Now H&M unveils a line of clothing based...

Michael Caruso to run Smithsonian magazine

Smithsonian November 2011 cover.jpg Caruso, the editor of Los Angeles magazine between 1995 and 1997, was named Oct. 19 as editor-in-chief of Smithsonian.

Westways honors Norman Corwin

The magazine posts a 2009 interview with its former columnist and an appreciation from editor John Lehrer.

Left coast writers splash in the Atlantic

atlantic-nov2011.jpg Pretty good month for Los Angeles in the print and web pages of the Atlantic, leading with Kate Bolick's cover story on what's happening to marriage now that men are on the decline.

Blake Griffin gets naked for ESPN

gretchen-bleiler-espn-grab.jpg Clippers fans get a treat in the Body Issue of ESPN the Magazine: Blake Griffin nude, along with more than a dozen other sculpted athletes, including snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler at the Chateau Marmont.

Los Angeles magazine hires Immediato

Linda Immediato, the editor-in-chief at Pasadena magazine and former deputy at Angeleno, is moving over to Los Angeles as senior editor.

Documentary on Harold Hayes looks for funding

Harold Hayes was the editor of Esquire magazine during its heyday at the birth of New Journalism in the 1960s, and for three years in the 1980s he was the editor here of California magazine.

Fincher talks about Lisbeth as the hype cranks up

dragon-tattoo-uncensored.jpg Empire magazine puts Rooney Mara below Daniel Craig on the cover.

Miller-McCune wants a new name

miller-mccune-cover-62011.jpg Miller-McCune magazine up in Santa Barbara is finally going to change its name — and who can disagree with that.

Los Angeles magazine, the women's issue *

LosAngeles_Maria.jpg Maria Shriver makes her return to journalism by interviewing philanthropist Wallis Annenberg in the new issue of Los Angeles. Plus: 50 local women who are game changers.

'The Shame of College Sports'

Cover story in The Atlantic by Taylor Branch is the longest piece the magazine has run in four years.

The New Yorker drops in on Costa Mesa

The Orange County city is under fire from the budget-slashing wing of the Republican establishment, writes Tad Friend.

Sports Illustrated: The day that damned the Dodgers

SI's Lee Jenkins has landed a major piece reconstructing the day when Bryan Stow was attacked at Dodger Stadium, and analyzing how it became such a big story both for Dodger fans and the culture.

Was any part of the Mitrice Richardson case not bungled?

mitrice.final.jpg In the September issue of Los Angeles magazine, Mike Kessler reconstructs the sheriff's and coroner's departments mishandling of Mitrice Richardson's disappearance and the subsequent investigation into her death.
Always fun to see NY media folk with next to zero knowledge of our fair city report out a piece that's dated and distorted.

Sensing a thaw in the cold war between LA and OC

Shawn Hubler writes in her Orange Coast magazine column that she senses more openness toward Orange County from her Los Angeles friends.

Mayoral candidates in the house at Los Angeles party

la-mag-party-crowd-schmitt.jpg Los Angeles magazine gathered quite a crowd Wednesday night in the lobby of 5900 Wilshire, the tall office tower across from LACMA that the magazine shares with Variety, the New York Times and other media outlets.

Los Angeles magazine gearing up for its 50th birthday

lamag-611.jpg I guess things are looking up financially for Los Angeles magazine, after winning a couple of National Magazine Awards last month.

Roseanne: fame's a bitch and so am I

roseanne-nymag.jpg Roseanne Barr writes a piece in New York magazine that covers a lot of ground from Charlie Sheen to the cruel illusions of fame to the treatment of women in Hollywood.

'Los Angeles' wins two Ellies tonight

ellie.jpg Los Angeles wins the American Society of Magazine Editors award for feature writing and general excellence by a specialty magazine.

Awards for Los Angeles Mag from city magazines group

Los Angeles Magazine usually does well in the National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition, and this time took home five awards. T

Magazines this month

miller-mccune-511.jpg Los Angeles has Chinese restaurants, Herb Alpert, Austin Beutner and girls on quads. Miller-McCune has Lee Baca.
Geoff-Miller-portrait---198.jpg Geoff Miller was the first editor of Los Angeles, starting in 1960 when it was called The Prompter, and in 1990 became the magazine's publisher. He died Saturday at home in L.A.

Good looks at the L.A. Times

good-la-cover.jpg One of the main pieces in Good magazine's new issue on Los Angeles is Dave Greene's examination of the L.A. Times after a decade of Tribune ownership and four years...

Playboy's top editor moving to L.A.

That means both editorial director Jimmy Jellinek and deputy editor Stephen Randall will be working out of the Playboy offices in Glendale.

Sidney Harman, Newsweek owner was 92

Sidney Harman died last night in Washington of complications from acute myeloid leukemia, a disease he was diagnosed with a month ago.

Franzen goes away to think about David Foster Wallace

TNY-cover-41111.jpg In this week's New Yorker, author Jonathan Franzen writes about his personal retreat to the South Pacific island that likely provided the setting for "Robinson Crusoe."

SoCal coastal features in 1901

archrock-1901.jpg Scientific American has dug out of its files a 1901 story and photographs about interesting rock features on the Southern California coast, including the arch rock north of Santa Monica.

Friday desk clearing

Clearing out the backlog, with more to come.

Los Angeles mag nominated for three Ellies

Our friends at Los Angeles are up for three National Magazine Awards: general excellence, leisure interests and Ben Ehrenreich in feature writing for his piece on dying in L.A. David...

LAT's Bell reporter was the son of her nanny *

orange-coast-411.jpg Ruben Vives, once illegal, got a green card and a college job at the L.A. Times. Then he got his chance at being a reporter.

Jake Gyllenhaal rides around L.A.

mensjournal-april11.jpg In the April cover story in Men's Journal, actor Jake Gyllenhaal takes his bike into Griffith Park and is called The Fittest Guy in Hollywood.

Go surfing with Liz Phair

liz-phair-grab-2.jpg Los Angeles Magazine asked the Chicago native to riff a little on life in Manhattan Beach.

Shrinks who help screenwriters get past mental block

new-yorker-hwd-shrinks.jpg Dana Goodyear has a good piece in this week's New Yorker on therapist Barry Michels and psychiatrist Phil Stutz, whose niche is helping Hollywood creative types.

Kit Rachlis named editor of The American Prospect

The former editor of Los Angeles magazine and the LA Weekly starts April 18 at the progressive policy/politics magazine based in Washington, DC.

Hidden Los Angeles versus Los Angeles Magazine

HiddenLA-lamag.jpg Los Angeles magazine's Hidden LA cover package this month has some fun stuff. Not amused, though, are fans of the wildly popular Hidden LA website and Facebook page.

How J.C. Penney gamed the Google rankings

nyt-google-illo.jpg Great New York Times story this weekend looking deep into the phenomenon that saw J.C. Penney turn up as the #1 result on a variety of Google keyword searches: from dresses and bedding to Samsonite carry on luggage — ahead of Samsonite itself.

How Hefner got his groove back

hefner-crystal-harris-nytmag.jpg In the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Charles McGrath looks at the business empire and physical presence of Playboy's Hugh Hefner and says he looks pretty good for a guy who will turn 85 in April and was thought by many to be a dinosaur long ago.

Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue hits newstands

VF-march2011-hollywood-issue.jpg Men are included among the young bodies that Vanity Fair hopes will boost magazine sales this year. Here's who they put on the cover.

Both L.A.-based Coopers writing about sex now

cooper-porn-wide.jpg L.A. writer Natasha Vargas-Cooper has created a cultural stir with her piece in The Atlantic on the effect that easily available amateur web porn is having on sex between real...

McCourt case ruling now final

Jamie McCourt, who gets substantial ammunition to argue that she remains co-owner of the Dodgers, also shared the same room today as Roz Wyman, the former City Council member who played a key role in bringing the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles.

Arnold may be living on another planet

esq-arnold-schwarzenegger.jpg Ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declares victory on pension and budget reform.

Selling the new Lisbeth Salander

lisbeth-salander-gun.jpg The new W unveils the first official look at American actress Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, the kick-ass heroine of the Swedish trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson.

In love with the Chateau Marmont

chateau-marmont-angeleno-crop.jpg Nice piece in the new Angeleno magazine on past residents (and current staffers) on what they like about the Chateau Marmont hotel.

Vogue brings Natalie Portman downtown *

natalie-portman-vogue.jpg Natalie Portman decorates the cover of January's Vogue, from a fashion shoot probably in the Alexandria Hotel. Watch the video.

50+ years of Los Angeles Magazine covers now online

los-angeles-mag-nov1963.jpg This is cool. The magazine has been celebrating its 50-year anniversary and has now put up an image of every issue, back to its origins under various names in 1958.

Eric Owen Moss and Culver City

In this week's New Yorker, architecture writer Paul Goldberger takes in the Eric Owen Moss structures in Culver City.

Angeleno stories

lamag-dec2010.jpg I've really been enjoying Los Angeles magazine's feature this month on 50 more-or-less famous Angelenos remembering something about growing up here.

Spending time with OC's conspiracy wackos

Fear of conspiracies is woven deeply into the American identity, but especially in Orange County.

Hibberd to blog about TV for Entertainment Weekly

James Hibberd has been television editor at the Hollywood Reporter. He gets a gracious send-off in a memo to the staff this evening from editorial director Janice Min.

Almost every issue of Playboy on one hard drive

playboy-drive.jpg More than 650 issues of Playboy magazine — from the Marilyn Monroe debut issue in December 1953 through last year — are now available on a hard drive that plugs into a USB port on your computer.

Eli Broad profiled in The New Yorker

eli-broad-newyorker.jpg Connie Bruck does the honors in today's issue and introduces Broad as "the Lorenzo de’ Medici of Los Angeles—the city’s singular patron, especially of the arts.”

Inside L.A.'s biggest public company

wellpaid-lamag.jpg LA Biz Observed's Mark Lacter has a column in the December issue of Los Angeles magazine on how Occidental Petroleum — the largest publicly traded company left in L.A. — found itself at the center of a shareholder revolt over the $900 million that CEO Ray Irani has taken home in the last decade.

LA Times embraces its magazine again

latimes-mag-cover.jpg As of January, the magazine now called LA will be available to any subscriber who opts in, with a redesign.

Nancy Silverton's coming out of the financial blues

A piece in the November issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine starts out sounding a little bit like Silverton's financial reversals weren't already big news two years ago, but the story goes on to look at what's been going right at the Mozzas and elsewhere.

U.S. News ditching print magazine

Special issues and the guides will still be in print. Otherwise, U.S. News and World Report is converting to digital.

New publisher at Los Angeles Magazine

Erika Anderson has been named the new publisher of Los Angeles

See the 'Glee' photos people are supposedly upset about

glee13_628.jpg So, people are bothered that actors who unconvincingly play high school kids pose for a sexy photo spread in a glossy fashion magazine for men?

Bob Guccione, Penthouse founder was 79

caligula_bob.jpg Guccione, the onetime New Jersey artist who gave the world Penthouse, the movie "Caligula" and the late Omni magazine, died Wednesday in Plano, Texas after a long battle with cancer.

Los Angeles does L.A. Mexican food

la-mag-nov10.jpg Los Angeles magazine's Ultimate Guide to Mexican Food in L.A. in the November issue is heavy on tacos, apparently, but also has more — including critic Patric Kuh’s selections of the city’s top 10 Mexican restaurants.

East Coast praise of Sunset magazine

sunset-cover-1933.jpg On the occasion of a new cookbook from Sunset, the New York Times heaps praise on the former booster publication of the Southern Pacific Railroad as the ultimate definer of California cuisine and the California image.

Dick Wolf has breakfast with Los Angeles magazine

lamag-bfst-mantilini.jpg The creator of "Law and Order: Los Angeles" regaled the likes of City Council president Eric Garcetti, exiting Bon Appetit editor Barbara Fairchild and NBC correspondent Josh Mankiewicz with behind-the-scenes stories from the show.

Architectural Digest's new editorial team unveiled

Only a few of Architectural Digest's Los Angeles staffers show up on the masthead for the newly constituted AD in New York.

In Los Angeles magazine for October

av-failure-crop.jpg With the lifeguards at Zuma, inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, why we love Helen Mirren, plus an analysis from our own Mark Lacter on the prospects of (and arguments for) bankruptcy by the city of Los Angeles.

Bon Appetit leaving L.A., Fairchild leaving the mag

Conde Nast announced today that the editorial offices of Bon Appetit magazine will be moving to New York, without longtime editor Barbara Fairchild.

Newsweek's Fineman jumps to Huffington Post

Howard Fineman, who the New York Times calls "one of the more recognizable pundits on cable television and a correspondent for Newsweek for 30 years," is leaving the magazine to become a senior politics editor at The Huffington Post.

Opera on the 110 hits BBC

110-opera.jpg The Strand, a program on the BBC World Service, features a segment on One-Ten, the opera being composed in serial form along and about the Pasadena and Harbor freeways by Los Angeles Magazine.

Penelope Cruz confirms: yeah, it's a baby

penelope-cruz-people.jpg People around town have been seeing Spanish actress and newly adopted Angeleno Penelope Cruz carrying an obvious baby bump.

It's an OC vs. LA smackdown, by the other guys

OCmag-sept10.jpg Orange Coast magazine comes up with 52 reasons why life in Orange County is better than life in Los Angeles.

Elin talks to People about Tiger

elin-people-cover.jpg Elin Nordegren broke her silence on the end of her marriage to Tiger Woods in an exclusive interview that runs in Friday's People magazine.

Los Angeles Magazine looks at autism

lamagcover-910.jpg Los Angeles Magzine editor Mary Melton's child has autism. So do an increasing percentage of Angelenos, as the magazine's September cover package explores.

First lines: Ellroy's 'Pursuit of Women'

Hilliker Curse.jpg At the mailbox today was the newest by James Ellroy. "The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women" came billed as a "raw, brutally candid memoir" that draws on the infamous...

Hatfield's makes Bon Appetit list of best new restaurants

It's not new, strictly speaking, but Hatfield's is in a new space on Melrose.

Stop calling Newsweek's Sidney Harman a billionaire

In all the media stories about his acquisition of Newsweek, Sidney Harman has been invariably given billionaire status. But not in Forbes.

Architectural Digest moving to New York

Conde Nast has named Margaret Russell the new editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, succeeding Paige Rense. But the bigger news is that the magazine will move from Los Angeles to New Yor

The McCourts: It's worse than you think *

"They hated each other from the moment they set foot in Los Angeles," a former high-ranking Dodgers official tells ESPN the Magazine. Good. Stuff.

Young Hollywood femmes cover a bust for Vanity Fair

VF-hwd-cover2010.jpg The March cover that featured Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfried, Carey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick and a bunch of other young, thin, white actresses has been the worst selling of the year so far for Vanity Fair.

Los Angeles Mag celebrates women in power

LAMAG-WomensReception.jpg Roz Wyman, elected to the City Council at 22 in 1957 — and a key player in getting the Dodgers here from Brooklyn — was one of the featured guests last night at Los Angeles Magazine's Women's Leadership reception.

First issue of Slake is at the printer *

Slake-1-cover.jpg Slake, the quarterly literary journal being launched by former LA Weekly editors Laurie Ochoa and Joe Donnelly, is scheduled to arrive in bookstores by the first week in July.

John Wooden cover of Sports Illustrated

wooden-si-cover.jpg The issue goes on sale June 9.

Paige Rense to retire from Architectural Digest

paige-rense-nyt.jpg Paige Rense Noland, 81, has been editor of the magazine since 1975.

Bruck and The New Yorker on Boxer race

The New Yorker's Connie Bruck weighs in this week on the U.S. Senate campaign in California, with a focus on Republican Tom Campbell.

Taking on Bernard-Henri Levy, way later

Five years after French writer and philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy observed Los Angeles somewhat harshly in the pages of the Atlantic, writer Conor Friedersdorf prosecutes a point-by-point defense of L.A. on the magazine's website.

New York Times names a media writer

Jeremy W. Peters, who covers New York state government in Albany, takes over the New York Times newspaper and magazine beat as of June 1.

Laura Chick: I warned City Hall about spending

governing709.jpg In the latest in Los Angeles Magazine's City Thinkers conversations on the status and future of our great metropolis, former Controller Laura Chick chats with editor Mary Melton.

Breitbart profiled in The New Yorker

breitbart-cartoon-tny.jpg This time it's The New Yorker and Rebecca Mead who go driving in Los Angeles with Andrew Breitbart, the rising right-wing media mogul who makes no pretense that for him it's all about defeating the left.

Los Angeles Magazine publisher to leave

A restructuring of the senior leadership at Emmis magazines means that Amy Saralegui, publisher at Los Angeles, will become publisher of Texas Monthly as well as vice president and group publisher of national sales for Emmis Publishing.

Another local food writer wins big

Brad A. Johnson, the national food and travel editor for Modern Luxury and Angeleno, won the top restaurant critic prize at the international 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards held in Adelaide, Australia

In the magazines: Kobe as we haven't seen him

kobe-latmag-may2010.jpg The L.A. Times Magazine has an online array of photos from yesterday's fashion spread that accompanies a Q&A with Kobe Bryant. They call it White Hot.

Haim Saban profile: still wants L.A. Times

haim-saban-home-newyorker.jpg Connie Bruck's profile of Haim Saban went online an hour ago at The New Yorker — all 11,299 words.

Saban profile coming in The New Yorker

haim-saban.jpg There's an 11,000-word piece on politically active L.A. mogul Haim Saban coming in Monday's New Yorker by writer Connie Bruck, but the best story might be in what has gone on behind the scenes.

LA Mag: Gasol as artist's subject

pau-gsol-lamag.jpg In the new issue of Los Angeles magazine, David Davis talks to and about Pau Gasol i Sáez, the Lakers resident Spaniard.

And the magazine of the year is...

glamour-cover-lauren-conrad.jpg Glamour won the top honor as Magazine of the Year, while New York took four Ellies and The New Yorker and National Geographic each won three.

Going on 'Today' for 'The Wrong Man'

atlantic510.jpg Santa Barbara writer David Freed is scheduled to be on NBC's "Today" show this morning to talk about his May profile in the Atlantic of Steven Hatfill, the virologist who the FBI mistakenly targeted as an anthrax suspect.

Exene Cervenka in the news

exene-orange-coast.jpg Now 54, the doyenne of Los Angeles punk band X — called by Robert Hilburn "not just one of the greatest female rockers, but one of the greatest musical figures, period" — still does shows and lives quietly in Orange County. Scott Martelle profiles Cervenka in Orange Coast magazine's April issue.

New editor for W

Stefano Tonchi, the editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, has jumped to Conde Nast as the editor of W.

Los Angeles magazine's eight Get L.A. film finalists

The finalists reflect a pretty rich selection of points of view about the city. See who the finalists are, and the panel of judges.

France's man in Los Angeles

martinon-lamag.jpg You don't have to follow French pollitics to know how David Martinon came to be the consul general in Los Angeles, though it helps.

Steve Erickson's nominated reviews

steve-erickson-lamag.jpg Los Angeles magazine arts critic Steve Erickson's nomination for an American Society of Magazine Editors award is for three reviews he wrote last year.

Libel suit over vaccine story dismissed

Amy Wallace was served two days before Christmas with the suit seeking $1 million in damages from a woman mentioned in her November cover story in Wired on the anti-vaccine movement.

Signature magazine and editor split, not amicably

hellin-kay.jpg Email came in on Friday from the publishers of Signature, the Los Angeles style magazine, announcing that editor Hellin Kay no longer speaks for the magazine.

Transition at Calif. Planning & Development Report

Josh Stephens is the new editor of California Planning & Development Report, the Ventura-based land-use publication

Nice list of good journalism, nicer to be on it

conorfriedersdorf-logo.jpg Journalist Conor Friedersdorf's compilation of the best journalism he encountered in 2009 is eclectic, personal and arguable -- and that's its charm.

Magic Johnson's bid for Ebony, Jet breaks down

Ebony_Jet_covers.jpg Talks reached an advanced stage before ending, but Johnson says he'll continue to look for opportunities to invest in African-American media.

In the face of Saveur's enthusiasm, a taste of reality

saveur-march-2010.jpg Saveur's March issue on Los Angeles "is edited to within a hairs breadth of puffery," says food blogger Rob Eshman, who lists what they left out.

Olympic endorsements for Joan's, Lindsey Jacobellis

jacobellis3.jpg Skater Evan Lysacek likes Joan's, while Jon Weisman says of snowboarder Linsey Jacobellis: "I want my kids to be like her."

Los Angeles magazine to unveil online 'CityThink' effort

Lord_110_Arroyo.jpg Los Angeles magazine, in the midst of its 50th anniversary year, is about to officially take the wraps off an ambitious effort to generate more conversation about the city's future. CityThink will be housed on the magazine's website and be supported by a new Los Angeles Magazine Foundation, which has seed money from the California Community Foundation.

L.A. architecture in this month's magazines

pellissier-lapl.jpg n the February issue of Vogue, writer Amy Ephron talks about befriending (when she was a child in Beverly Hills) the man next door who she knew as "Samuel Clemens." Only recently did she learn it was Stiles O. Clements, one of the most under-appreciated names in Los Angeles architecture.

Peek inside a magazine editor's apartment

laurie-pike-apartment.jpg Laurie Pike at Los Angeles magazine let the website Apartment Therapy do a tour of her Koreatown apartment. Reader reaction hasn't all been positive.

Body painting goes back to its roots: naked bodies

naked-people-chic-leak.jpg Chic Leak blog came back from last night's launch of a line of acrylic body paints with nice photos of naked bodies and a classic PR quote.

The man who loved Susan Atkins

susan-atkins-deputy.jpg Susan Atkins was the Charles Manson follower who used the knife on actress Sharon Tate on Cielo Drive in 1969. After she died this past September, Orange Coast Magazine...

One print sector is healthy in L.A.: pot magazines

marijuana-leaf.jpg Steve Appleford in the current LA Weekly describes "a tidal wave of publications aimed at the L.A. medical-marijuana community and its previously untapped well of advertising dollars."

Chatting with Ruth Seymour

ruth-seymour-goldstein.jpg Before Ruth Seymour retires next month as the power behind NPR station KCRW, the February issue of Los Angeles magazine sits her down for a Q&A with editor Richard E. Meyer.

Playboy's L.A. editor may not be lonely much longer

Deputy editor Stephen Randall has been Playboy magazine's Los Angeles-based presence for years. His office and the photo studios moved to Glendale from Santa Monica in 2008, and now the New York Post says the magazine is thinking of relocating the entire editorial staff from Chicago.

OC publisher saves Editor & Publisher, sans editor

Editor & Publisher announced late Thursday that it has been acquired by Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., an Irvine-based publisher and trade show operator.

Tiger Woods cover of Vanity Fair *

tiger-vf-cover.jpg The Annie Leibovitz shot is the February cover. Profile by Buzz Bissinger. Imitation or flattery?: Vanity Fair also has a 25-year-old writer following Gwyneth Paltrow's dietary and cocktail advice, which...

Amy Wallace finds some life peace

amywallaceheadshot.jpg Journalist Amy Wallace, editor-at-large at Los Angeles magazine these days, has a self-exploration piece in More magazine about how she came to trust in the cosmos that life was going...

New from David Foster Wallace *

This week's New Yorker publishes All That, new fiction by the late David Foster Wallace, who killed himself last year. In March, the magazine published an excerpt from his last...

Scratch 'Giant' magazine

Radio One is folding Giant as a print magazine after the current issue, which has Alicia Keyes on the cover. The name and some content will live on the web....

Looking at Scrubs magazine

scrubscover.jpg Marketplace has a story on the newly launched L.A.-based print magazine for nurses and the people who love them. The website includes a blog by Rebekah Child, a USC and...

Art/Life 'more than a magazine'

artlifecover.jpg LACMA staffer Maggie Hanson blogs that one of the best things about her job as stacks manager of the museum's research library is getting to share rarities like the complete...

AD leads list it would rather not be on

archdigestcover.jpg Even I've heard the rumors that Paige Rense's days as supreme leader at Architectural Digest are numbered. This will surely fuel such talk: AD led all Conde Nast monthly magazines...

Hollywood Reporter about to be sold?

The Wrap's Sharon Waxman says The Hollywood Reporter "and several other Nielsen entertainment titles are set to be sold to James Finkelstein’s News Communications Inc., owner of 'Who’s Who' publications...

Metropolitan Home, RIP

methomecover.jpg The December issue of Metropolitan Home will be the last one, Hachette Filipacchi Media announced today, saying that resources will be focused on its Elle Décor title. Met Home editor...

Angeleno celebrates 10 years

angelenonov09.jpg This month's Angeleno is the magazine's tenth anniversary issue. The mag relives a decade of celebrity photography, highlights some fashionistas who elevated L.A.'s style in the 2000s and anoints as...

Two out at Entertainment Weekly bureau

Two members of the Los Angeles bureau are among 11 staffers laid off at the magazine, says a report....

Forbes bureau killed, report says

Gawker's Valleywag says that the Los Angeles bureau of Forbes was eliminated in today's mass cutbacks across the magazine. The site says that staff writers Evan Hessel and Scott Woolley...

Amy Wallace and the anti-vaccine crowd

Amy Wallace, the editor-at-large for Los Angeles magazine, wrote recently at Wired about the controversy over the safety of vaccines. She frames it as more akin to hysteria on the...

Reaper hits Architectural Digest

Editorial cuts are going down today at Architectural Digest, according to a reader who emailed. On Monday there were six cuts in the Los Angeles office of Bon Appetit, according...

Annie Gilbar out, LAT takes back magazine *

Nikki Finke is reporting that Annie Gilbar was let go today as editor of the Sunday magazine published by the Los Angeles Times company, and that the magazine will return...

Gourmet's problem was print

amandahesserforbes.jpg Food writer Amanda Hesser, who may be a partisan about this as a longtime print scribe transitioning to online, says Gourmet magazine's content was fine. It just existed in the...

Bratton leaving on up note

Los Angeles magazine hosted one of its periodic breakfast gatherings with newsmakers this morning at The Foundry on Melrose, with LAPD chief William Bratton invited to give an exit interview...

Gourmet's Reichl: 'Stunned, sad'

Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl tweets, sounds like she was surprised at magazine's demise: Thank you all SO much for this outpouring of support. It means a lot. Sorry not to...

Conde Nast to close Gourmet, others *

As part of Conde Nast's post-McKinsey restructuring, Gourmet magazine will become an online, TV and book publishing brand, with only Bon Appetit continuing to publish as a magazine. Also shutting...

In Los Angeles this month

lamag0ct09.jpg Los Angeles Magazine kicks off a new Hollywood sociology column, Cut!, in the October issue. New contributing writer Gina Piccalo writes the first one, talking to spouses and partners about...

Another media hockey blog

talkingducksbanner.jpg Steve Hymon isn't the only recent media type who has taken up blogging about ice hockey. Talking Ducks: A Ladies Hockey Salon is by Orange Coast Magazine managing editor Rose...

Glamorous magazine life

lamagscenes809.jpg Los Angeles magazine's website has posted a short slide show from behind the scenes of a recent fashion shoot in West Hollywood with photographer Hugh Kretschmer. Also in Los Angeles:...

Artweek, RIP

The Bay Area art magazine Artweek has gone out of business after nearly 40 years of publication. The final issue was dated June 2009. From the website: A victim of...

New publisher at LAT magazine

The memo to the sales and marketing staff says it's Steve Gellman. External announcement to come later, tied to a launch (finally?) of the Los Angeles Times magazine website. Remember,...

Best of LA, the blog

fromeditor_0809.jpg Los Angeles Magazine is out with its annual Best of LA issue, and #16 among its 101 favorite things is "Blog by an ex-LAT staffer." By that they mean Craig...

Janice Min resigns at Us Weekly

Min announced today that she's leaving next week to do something else unspecified. "The top spot of US Weekly may be a coveted job, but its by no means be...

Conde Nast to 'realign'

The magazine publisher is struggling, so here comes McKinsey and Co. to study all aspects of the company. Ominous memo from the CEO this afternoon to employees in Los Angeles...

Remembering Manson

mansondouble.jpg In this issue of Los Angeles Magazine and on the website, Steve Oney revisits the summer of 1969 when Hollywood figures, and then much of the city, were terrified by...

Now they put Chick on the cover *

governing709.jpg One day before she would have left elective office, Governing magazine features former Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick on its July cover. She stepped down early, of course, to...

Anschutz's media moves

L.A.'s most important absentee billionaire, Phillip Anschutz, is "quietly building a small empire of social-networking sites, newspapers and now a leading conservative weekly," says a piece in Forbes. Jim Monaghan,...

Cortines trying to save UTLA 'from itself'

cortineslamag.jpg LAUSD Supt. Ramon Cortines spoke to friends of Los Angeles Magazine at breakfast this morning and called out the teachers union, which had plans to demonstrate at his home this...

Last of the coastal resorts?

Terranea, which opened last week on the old Marineland site in Rancho Palos Verdes, and the Resort at Pelican Hill near Newport Beach may be the last big resort compounds...

W's Persian conquest

persiansw.jpg W's West Coast Editor Kevin West reports in the upcoming issue on what the magazine calls the Persian Conquest of Beverly Hills: Three decades ago, in the wake of...

Anschutz takes control of Weekly Standard

Staples Center owner Phil Anschutz's Clarity Media Group closed the deal to buy the conservative mag from Rupert Murdoch. Here's a report in Anschutz's Washington Examiner, via Romemesko....

Charting the LAT's decline

In the June issue of Los Angeles, our own Mark Lacter takes a look behind the sagging fortunes of the L.A. Times and finds a set of multifaceted challenges. The...

Los Angeles mag takes bunch of awards

Los Angeles won the general excellence honor at Monday night's National City and Regional Magazine Awards in New Orleans, along with five other prizes for individual staffers. Two of the...

No big changes at Los Angeles mag, editor says

Mary Melton, who takes over as editor of Los Angeles magazine at the end of June, tells me that neither the change at the top nor the financial pressures that...

More unraveling at Los Angeles magazine *

The financial crunch at Los Angeles magazine that helped nudge editor in chief Kit Rachlis to step down earlier this month has claimed three more stalwarts. Senior editors Jesse Katz,...

Taking issue with LA Mag's 'Failure' cover

lamagjune09.jpg Villaraigosa supporter and Occidental College professor Peter Dreier has some problems with the Los Angeles Magazine cover package that declared Mayor Villaraigosa a failure. (Whole story is online now.) Here's...

LAT magazine loses publisher, suspends weekly

The second publisher has departed LA, the monthly magazine inserted in the Los Angeles Times by the ad side's editorial staff. And the new weekly insert LAetcetera is suspending publication...

Emmis release on Rachlis departure

Emmis Communications back in Indiana has put out a release praising Kit Rachlis' nine years as editor of Los Angeles Magazine and his successor, Mary Melton. "Kit has done a...

Kit Rachlis steps down at Los Angeles Magazine

Here's the email Kit Rachlis sent about his departure as editor of Los Angeles. Mary Melton moves up from number two. Hi, When Emmis granted my book leave last year,...

Antonio, then and now *

lamagsav.jpg On the right, how Los Angeles Magazine played Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the cover in December 2006. My piece on the mayor was a mix of skepticism and marvel at...

Los Angeles Mag: Antonio a 'failure' as mayor

lamagjune09.jpg The June cover of Los Angeles Magazine, out in a few days, bears a portrait of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and one word blazoned in white ink across the page: Failure....

New Yorker office 'not creepy,' Orlean says

Daniel S. Baum continues to Twitter his downfall as a contract writer at the New Yorker — he's getting into promises that either were or were not made by editor...

Vanity Fair offers to solve Calif budget mess

vfcaliftaxes.jpg Fix the basic unfairness of Proposition 13 that lets multi-million dollar mansions get away with lower property taxes than you or your neighbors pay and the state might not...

Fired New Yorker writer fires back

Dan Baum, a journalist who I believe lived and worked in California before moving to Colorado, is Twittering in 140-character dispatches about his departure from the New Yorker staff. At...

Magazine down: Portfolio

Editor in chief Joanne Lipman broke the news to the financial magazine's staff this morning, citing financial reasons at Advance, the parent of Conde Nast. The mag's media blogger Jeff...

Mister LA: We have a winner

scullymrla.jpg I told you who I thought should win — I guess I was right. Vin Scully came out on top of Los Angeles magazine's online Mister LA contest. He's not...

Dunne not gone from Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair writer Dominick Dunne, responding to readers interested in his future with the magazine, posts at DominicksDiary that he expects to be back in the pages of VF shortly...

Who's the real Mister Los Angeles?

mrlagroup.jpg OK, this is embarrassing. Los Angeles magazine's latest web traffic gimmick is to ask readers to vote online for Mister Los Angeles. (This month the mag anointed Tom LaBonge, the...

Liz visits and blogs about it

lizarnold.jpg Liz Arnold moved to New York to freelance for magazines on interiors and homes after working here at Western Interiors & Design. At her relatively new blog Homebodies, she posts...

Changes at Hoy, LAT Magazine

Hoy, the Spanish-language paper that reports to the marketing side of the Los Angeles Times, is switching from daily to weekly. The Times' Sunday magazine will narrow its circulation to...

Ellies oversight

I missed this last week: Bon Apptit has four, count them four, nominations in the National Magazine Awards. The mostly L.A. staff is up in the categories of general excellence...

L.A. Disconnected

This morning at The Foundry on Melrose, Los Angeles Magazine convened a panel to talk about President Obama. There was plenty of that — some of which inspired my KCRW...

Los Angeles Mag up for an Ellie

The National Magazine Awards finalists are out and The New Yorker leads the way with ten nominations. including for general excellence. Los Angeles Magazine is also up in general excellence,...

Fade In magazine's screenwriting contest: bogus?

Amy Kaufman at The Wrap has a piece up raising a lot of questions about Fade In's promise of cash and an intro to Hollywood for the winners of a...

Talking up 'Brooklyn & Boyle'

Abel Salas, creator of the Eastside monthly Brooklyn & Boyle, took to his blog for the first time in several months to preen a little about the magazine after four...

Or, L.A. is on the upswing

While Joel Kotkin sees Los Angeles "fading rapidly toward irrelevancy," this month's Atlantic cover story posits that L.A. is one of the relatively few American places ideally situated to rise...

Liking the Oscars show

I agree with Mary Melton, the executive editor of Los Angeles Magazine, who blogs that the Bill Condon-Larry Mark-Hugh Jackman Oscars show was more watchable, not less. She posts: The...

Los Angeles mag goes 'Eastside'

Los Angeles magazine — which until lately eschewed the terms Westside and Eastside — has expanded the definition of the latter beyond even the Times' recent make-it-up-as-you-go style ethic. In...

Gay mags to merge

IN Los Angeles and Frontiers are combining into one publication, nearly two years after the former acquired the latter. The new bi-weekly magazine debuts Feb. 25 as Frontiers-IN Los Angeles,...

An editor goes hungry

Los Angeles Magazine executive editor Mary Melton — "in the name of science and post-holiday boredom" — is following the Gwyenth Paltrow starvation diet all week and blogging about it....

Serious dining on $35 per person

Los Angeles Magazine's restaurant issue includes three-course epicurean splurges for $35 or less at Local, The Park, Palate, Sugarfish, Terroni and Delancey. Also in the issue: Patric Kuh's designation of...

Press-Telegram shutters gay magazine

Clout positioned itself as a lifestyle magazine mostly for gay and lesbian couples. The passage of Proposition 8, to go with the slumping economy, apparently cinched Clout's demise. From an...

Praise for 'Los Angeles' cover

The cover of the September "Best High Schools" issue of Los Angeles magazine was singled out by Time as one of the year's ten best. Art director Joe Kimberling and...

How 'LA' is different than other magazines

In this month's installment of the new Los Angeles Times Magazine, editor Annie Gilbar explains: I think pessimism is a bummer. It is also kind of irresponsible, because it's infectious....

In Los Angeles next month

The December issue of Los Angeles has part two of Steve Oney's riveting takedown of Westside con man Craig Raywood, Patrick Kuh's visit to Loteria Grill, Mark Lacter's explanation of...

Claire Hoffman on mags, sex, religion etc

Magazine writer Claire Hoffman, who did the recent New Yorker interview with Prince talking about gay marriage, discusses that Joe Francis piece she did for the old L.A. Times magazine,...

Proposition 8 and the Mormons

Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor of The New Yorker, calls Proposition 8 "a fight that should have been won" and credits some in the gay community with rightly self-critiquing what went...

Fairchild killing DNR

Men's fashion news and trends previously reported at DNR will be folded into Women's Wear Daily. The issue dated Monday is the last one for DNR. Memo: WWD Staff: A...

Some media moves

First, some good news. Remember Lauren Beale, who edits the Times' real estate section? Though her name made the list of the 75 editorial employees cut from the newsroom last...

People's L.A. bureau looks for volunteers

Volunteers to leave, that is. Time is asking staffers in its magazines to raise their hands if they want to get bought out before the axe falls. At People magazine...

California represents

Bruce Riordan, the director of anti-gang operations for the Los Angeles City Attorney's office, has a signed letter in the print edition of The Economist. His comment, in the context...

Forgotten but not gone

Shirley Babashoff won eight medals swimming for the U.S. at the 1972 and '76 Olympics, but she and her legacy were victims of doping by her East German competition. When...

Taking stock of Los Angeles

Marc Haefele has some praise and some criticism for Los Angeles Magazine and editor Kit Rachlis in the cover story at this week's CityBeat. Samples: Los Angeles weighs like two...

Playboy to quit Santa Monica

The photo studio in Santa Monica will be sublet and the functions there — photo shoots and the L.A.-based editors of Playboy magazine — will move over to a production...

In the magazines

Dave Gardetta studies the Santa Ana winds in the November issue of Los Angeles: "A town known for extremes deserves a contrary wind, and L.A.s Santa Anas bestow a season...

It's Huffington season in the magazines

Both The New Yorker and Los Angeles have pieces on Arianna Huffington in their current issues. The New Yorker profile by Lauren Collins (with the photo here by Jonathan Becker)...

The original LAT magazine

Native Intelligence contributor Adrienne Crew made a nice find for fans of L.A. media history: a web archive of covers from West, the Sunday magazine in the Los Angeles...

Warren column moves to HuffPost

Recently departed Chicago Tribune managing editor Jim Warren will move his On Magazines column to a blog at the Huffington Post. From the release: "I have been an obsessive reader...

Joel Stein gets naughty again

Remember last year when Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein was billed as a guest instructor on oral sex at Babeland, then dropped out after we and others wrote about...

Photographer criticized for McCain photos

Atlantic magazine and its writer Jeffrey Goldberg are unhappy that Los Angeles photographer Jill Greenberg turned in manipulated photos of John McCain for a story, then announced that she had...

More reactions to LAT magazine

The NYT's T Magazine also noticed the resemblance between its cover and the Los Angeles Times Magazine cover. (My post from yesterday.) The LAT mag's creative director, Rip Georges, calls...

If you can't beat 'em...

In the foreground, the New York Times' successful fashion magazine. In the background, the L.A. Times Magazine that made its first appearance Sunday, hoping to be accepted as a fashion...

Changes already at LAT Magazine *

According to an editor's email sent to Calendar staffers on Friday, Los Angeles Times Magazine publisher Valarie Anderson left the company even before the first issue came out on Sunday....

Reading the new L.A. Times Magazine *

Sunday brought the first edition of the new Los Angeles Times Magazine that isn't part of the Los Angeles Times, but that comes in the Times. It's 144 pages and...

New L.A. Times magazine hits Sunday

House ads the past couple of weeks have revealed that the new magazine will indeed carry the old Los Angeles Times Magazine label, despite complaints from the paper's top editors...

Another look at the Westside's salons

Actress-writer Heather Thomas's monthly breakfast gatherings (with her husband, entertainment lawyer Skip Brittenham) in Santa Monica lead the roundup of a "burgeoning breed of über-stylish salonistas" in the September issue...

All in the family

The previous publisher of the Times, David Hiller, used to break out in song around the office (he favored pieces from musicals) and even belted out a respectable national anthem...

More ink for Sandra Tsing Loh

Los Angeles magazine's September issue includes a round-up of the area's best high schools (not on line) and a book review-cum-profile of the city's most visible activist parent of the...

Angeleno's L.A. culinary awards

In the August issue of Angeleno, national food and travel editor Brad A. Johnson picks his top 50 L.A. area restaurants and hands out some awards: Restaurant of The Year:...

An Arthurian exit

Arthur Magazine's Jay Babcock told Jenny Burman yesterday more about his move to Brooklyn and also talks in the LAT's Soundboard blog about leaving Los Angeles. Babcock has shut down...

New L.A. Times magazine, not like the old one

TellZell.com got hold of the Powerpoint presentation for the new magazine that will replace the old Los Angeles Times Magazine, and it looks like pap. The mission statement: Loving L.A....

Scratch one local magazine

Jay Babcock has relocated the offices of Arthur Magazine to Brooklyn. The newest issue is available on on PDF and comes out in print next week. There's also an Arthur...

Rachlis: 'I miss the LAT already'

Los Angeles editor Kit Rachlis was an editor at the Los Angeles Times for six-plus years, mostly helping craft the kinds of narrative stories that fed the paper's reputation for...

Times(ish) magazine gears up

Now that the L.A. Times has folded its real Sunday magazine and laid off more than a hundred editorial staffers, the new upscale magazine being launched outside the newsroom's influence...

Upside to the Obama-New Yorker cover

Carolyn Kellogg blogs at Jacket Copy that there is a potential winner in all the handwringing and debate over the magazine cover depicting Barack and Michelle Obama as Islamic militants....

NYT chides 'Coast' gently

A New York Times style blog takes umbrage at a cover by Orange County's Coast magazine that sure borrows a lot from an earlier T Magazine cover in the NYT....

B&C hires an editor

Melissa Grego, editor of HollywoodReporter.com, jumps to Broadcasting & Cable as executive editor. Grego joined THR last year after serving a stint as managing editor at TV Week. Memo follows...

Orange Coast names a 'best columnist' *

The July issue is a relaunch under Emmis ownership by new editor Martin Smith. Editor's note here. The issue's best of OC media section proclaims the Register's Frank Mickadeit as...

Driving with Clay Felker

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll was Clay Felker's West Coast editor of the Village Voice and an early hire at New West, Felker's attempt in the late 1970s to...

Clay Felker, magazine pioneer was 82

The founder of New York as a Sunday supplement to the New York Herald-Tribune, and later as a standlone glossy weekly, changed the face of American magazines. He also edited...

Tu Ciudad publisher's closure email

What I posted earlier was the word from corporate headquarters at Emmis. Tu Ciudad's founder and publisher, Jaime Gamboa, takes it more personally. Colleagues, peers, friends and family, It is...

Tu Ciudad goes dark

Tu Ciudad, the Emmis magazine that has tried to make a go of the upscale Latino market in Southern California, is suspending operations. The email from Emmis exec Gary Thoe....

Best of Los Angeles, sadly

Los Angeles magazine's many-month contest to let readers choose the single greatest thing about L.A. probably fizzled credibility-wise that first round when McCabes Guitar Shop beat the Hollywood Bowl. But...

Look who's covering sports now

Dave Zirin has been named the first-ever sports correspondent for The Nation. From the flackage: Starting this month, Zirin will report regularly for The Nation and TheNation.com on the intersection...

LAT Magazine demise story finally lands

The New York Times has posted the story it almost ran last week revealing a sloppy end to the Los Angeles Times Magazine as a newsroom product. This being the...

Variety's move west

I reported last weekend that Variety would move down Wilshire Boulevard to the former People's Bank tower across from the new entrance to LACMA. Today's Times adds the news that...

Gina Gershon not happy

The actress has demanded a retraction from Vanity Fair and says she has only been in the presence of former President Bill Clinton three times, always with lots of other...

Magazines observed

Los Angeles this month has Mark Lacter's profile of Gina Marie Lindsey, the head of Los Angeles World Airports. Another LA Observed contributor, David Davis, has a piece on U.S....

Letter from Skid Row

This week's issue of The New Yorker carries a "Letter from Los Angeles" by Dana Goodyear on the movie being made based on Steve Lopez's L.A. Times columns about street...

Carlos Amezcua slams Channel 5

Now in the anchor chair at Fox 11, Carlos Amezcua blasts his former station in the May issue of Tu Ciudad. "When Hal Fishman died, so did the KTLA News,"...

Mirthala Salinas apologizes

Los Angeles magazine posted its May cover story based on Shawn Hubler's interview with ex-mayoral squeeze Mirthala Salinas, 35, with portrait by Jill Greenberg. Salinas tells how the affair with...

Mirthala speaks — and she's engaged *

Los Angeles magazine scored the first big interview with Mirthala Salinas, ex-squeeze of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Former L.A. Times writer Shawn Hubler did the story, which reportedly goes up on...

Los Angeles Magazine's sweet 16

The magazine's hunt for the best thing about L.A. has been winnowed from 64 to 16. Still in the running: Amoeba Music, which beat In-N-Out Disney Hall, which beat Getty...

Magazines observed

Once around some magazines... Charles Perry profiles Philippe's — technically, Philippe the Original — on its 100th anniversary, writing in this Sunday's LAT Magazine "if time travelers from 1918 entered...

Say what you will about Kinsley

Michael Kinsley's tenure in Los Angeles may not have gone smoothly or ended gracefully. But I enjoyed being reminded in this week's New Yorker how engaging he is as a...

Now the 64 worst things about L.A. *

Riffing a little on Los Angeles magazine's 64 Greatest Things in L.A. contest, Los Angeles Metblogs has started polling on the 64 Worst Things about L.A. The blog's competitive pairings...

Huffington Post in the New Yorker

Eric Alterman's piece considers the HuffPost as a step along the path of evolving news and opinion, away from the printed newspaper. Some tidbits: First envisaged as a liberal alternative...

In Los Angeles Magazine news

Steve Oney's piece from last June about Iraq war casualty Chris Leon is a National Magazine Awards finalist in profile writing. He shares the category with stories in The...

Best breakfast in L.A.?

In another of those generic magazine roundups claiming to know the best of something, but really an exercise in geographic diversity, Details includes Square One Dining on its top ten...

Los Angeles mag for March

In the March issue, Los Angeles kicks off a contest to let readers pick the single greatest thing about Los Angeles. They start with 64 in the magazine, then whittle...

Lohan nude in Marilyn shoot for New York

New York magazine got itself a sure seller this week. Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is nude — as in freckles, nipples and tattoo — in a color photo spread recreating...

Movie Issue returns at Los Angeles

Los Angeles does its annual movie issue for February, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julie Christie on the cover and a lineup inside that includes LA Observed's Mark Lacter challenging...

In Vanity Fair this month

Media man-about-town Richard Rushfield is, these days, recognized mostly for his reviews of "American Idol" in the L.A. Times, where he's the website's entertainment editor. In his freelance life, Rushfield...

Bratton liberally quoted in new Playboy

The February issue of Playboy, on sale starting today, has a long feature by Joe Domanick on LAPD chief William Bratton, or Supercop as the headline calls him. The piece,...

W goes inside the Death Star

W does its version of A-list Hollywood for February, with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy on the cover (and in an online slide show) and stories inside such as Gabriel...

Nikki persuades another editor

The editor's note on page 34 of the new Vanity Fair caught my eye (well, after it was pointed out to me): "In Bryan Burrough's 'showdown at Fort Sumner' (December),...

Moves at Los Angeles

Los Angeles magazine's January issue, landing this week, has pieces on LAT homicide blogger Jill Leovy and on the Wendy McCaw situation at the Santa Barbara News-Press. There's also some...

Marion True talks to the New Yorker

The defrocked Getty curator of antiquities who has faced criminal charges in Europe finally talks to the media, in the form of Hugh Eakin in this coming week's New Yorker....

Rest of the Welch shoe drops

We told you Saturday that Matt Welch had left the L.A. Times editorial page to return to Reason magazine, and said to await further details. Well, here they are via...

In Vanity Fair for December

In the December issue of Vanity Fair, David Friend writes that this Oct. 31, 1974 photo of President Gerald Ford and then-Gov. Ronald Reagan — a few months after Richard...

Leaving the LAT for Reason

Matt Welch makes official what has been unfolding behind the scenes for a bit: he has left the Los Angeles Times editorial page to return to Reason, with the current...

In Los Angeles next month

Sure enough, my pals at Los Angeles have somehow come out with another monthly issue — this one containing the magazine's first Walk of Shame Awards. I don't have time...

Birth of a new magazine, perhaps

Speaking of Ciudad (next item below), former executive editor Yvette Doss is on to a new project. The founder of Frontera magazine, Silver Lake Press and (with her husband) the...

Ciudad gets tasty

Ciudad's culinary guide to Latin dining in the November issue ranges from La Casita Mexicana in Bell to La Super-Rica Taquera in Santa Barbara, and has good things to say...

One last West editor departs

Martin J. Smith and Barbara Thornburg were, I think, the last senior editors at the Los Angeles Times Magazine to pre-date and survive the West experiment. Anyway, Smith is finally...

Good timing

Editorial judgment or just luck? I dunno, but the big story on the cover of the November issue of Los Angeles (ignore John Cusack) is Dave Gardetta's post-mortem on last...

This week in The New Yorker *

Today's issue of The New Yorker has an excerpt from Steve Martin's forthcoming memoir, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, in which he talks about starting out as an actor...

Details loves the 'burbs

In one of those glib, fast-moving pronouncement pieces that magazines are in love with, Details pronounces the suburbs hip in the November issue. The sidebar anoints Montrose as a worthy...

LAT Magazine hires — with a purpose

Lennie LaGuire may have taken the sweet buyout to leave the L.A. Times staff, but her fingerprints remain on the weekly-turned-monthly Sunday magazine. As consulting editor she's looking to hire...

David Corn's exit email at The Nation

Corn is one of those writers who seemed like he might be at The Nation forever. But he's jumping to a newly powered-up Mother Jones presence in Washington. He'll be...

Good adds a digital side

First there was GOOD magazine. Now there's GOOD Digital, announced today by founder and COO Ben Goldhirsh. The new unit will be headed by Craig Shapiro, formerly in charge of...

Panning the Advocate's Clinton cover

The Advocate, feeling pretty good after celebrating its 40th anniversary, is proud that news features editor Sean Kennedy scored an interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton at the recent Logo/Human Rights...

This month in Los Angeles

Steve Oney profiles Adam Carolla in the October issue, in which editor Kit Rachlis calls Carolla "the most provocative talk-radio host in Los Angeles, the quintessential Valley guy [and] an...

US Weekly sued by ex-L.A. staffer

Jill Ishkanian is the ex-senior reporter in Los Angeles who quit US Weekly to form Sunset Photo and News and was accused last year of breaking into the magazine's editing...

Radar's Overrated 100

Radar Magazine's October issue offers a hundred of the most overhyped people, places and things — and L.A.'s own* David and Victoria Beckham make the top of the list and...

Correction o' the day

From the September issue of Los Angeles magazine: In Josh Kun's "The Ballad of Music Man Murray," which appeared in the July issue, it was indicated that Jimmy Durante appeared...

In Los Angeles, the magazine

The September issue has a long story by Jesse Katz on the scuffle at Royce Hall between a freelance writer (Rachel Neuwirth) and an anti-war UCLA Hillel rabbi (Chaim Seidler-Feller)...

The New Yorker adds L.A. blog

Poet and New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear has begun Postcard from Los Angeles on the magazine's website. Her first blog post is an homage to the late Elizabeth Stromme,...

Business 2.0 lives on...for a month

Time Inc. has told the staff of Business 2.0 to put aside the previous talk about the magazine shutting down and to begin work on an October issue. The suits...

THR taps Variety for editor

Elizabeth Guider, a 18-year vet at Variety who has been sliding down the masthead lately, has jumped to The Hollywood Reporter as Editor. Most recently she was an editor at...

From magazine to screen

Former LA Weekly publisher Michael Sigman has optioned the film rights to that piece about Washington lobbyists in Harper's by reporter Ken Silverstein, who posed as a customer to nab...

One more Best of LA *

The August issue of Los Angeles is the annual Best of LA theme job. This time 196 is the magic number, don't ask me why. The picks go from best...

The evolution of J.R. Moehringer

Newly reunited at Los Angeles Magazine with his former editor Kit Rachlis, Moehringer explains at the end of a long profile of an obscure musician he admires how it was...

'Los Angeles' publisher bolts

Alan Klein, president and publisher of Los Angeles magazine since 2001, is jumping to Modern Luxury Media as president and publisher of Angeleno. Los Angeles, as I understand it, just...

RealTalk says it's alive

I keep hearing from LA Observed readers who pass along email from RealTalk LA saying the magazine is in dire financial straits -- suspended operations, bills unpaid, uncertain future. But...

Los Angeles Magazine moves

Two more refugees from West magazine who took buyouts to leave the Times have landed, both of them at Los Angeles. J.R. Moehringer comes on as writer-at-large. He is the...

Slate V launches

Slate.com has gone multimedia and unveiled a daily online video magazine. Slate V is based in the magazine's brand-new Venice offices and is headed up by Andy Bowers, the former...

In Los Angeles Magazine

This month's Los Angeles Magazine admires Rick Caruso, creator of The Grove and upcoming shopping malls in Glendale and Arcadia, praised like this in editor Kit Rachlis' letter: "No one...

Ciudad's best of Latino L.A.

The "best of" season isn't quite over. Los Angeles Magazine's is coming, but first comes Ciudad with the "best of Latino L.A." An online poll helped dub El Carmen the...

New Angeles arrives

The free monthly from Southland Publishing (CityBeat, Pasadena Weekly) is "devoted to the revival of Downtown and the 'New' Eastside." Inside New Angeles are an interview of historian Mike Davis...

Writers at the gates

Real Talk LA may claim they will be out with a second issue soon and all is cool, but in addition to emails from magazine higher-ups informing customers and friends...

Real Talk LA still breathing *

So many local media sources emailed me last week with reports of the impending demise of Real Talk that I mentioned the scuttlebutt while trying to reach founder Jay Levin...

Friday desk clearing

Rumors are rampant that Real Talk LA, Jay Levin's new magazine, missed payroll this week and has shut down after one issue that hasn't been widely seen. Queries are...

Los Angeles mag next month

The June issue of Los Angeles has John Powers' first Open City column since he left LA Weekly and LA Biz Observed's Mark Lacter on salaries around town, from Vin...

Taking home an M.F.K. award

Jesse Katz of Los Angeles magazine won the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award at yesterday's James Beard Foundation soiree. Katz won for "Wheels of Fortune," his piece last October on...

Kudos from the east

Today's New York Post praises our friends at Los Angeles magazine in a piece reviewing the best of city magazines around the country: Like the city it covers, Los Angeles...

New York night at magazine Ellie's

Adam Moss' New York Magazine won for general excellence and in four other categories at the National Magazine Awards last night, setting off a lot of talk about the place...

'Wired Science' gets green light

PBS has picked up the first season of the series to be produced by KCET in association with Wired magazine. It premieres nationwide on October 3. From the flackage: "The...

RealTalk goes live on the web

I just noticed that the RealTalk LA website has gone up with a mix of stories, brief items, holders and dead links. The blogs I can see are called...

Coming in Tu Ciudad

The May issue profiles Mario Lavandeira, who is the celebrity blogger known as Perez Hilton, asks some questions of Channel 2's Laura Diaz and visits with Wicked's Eden Espinoza. The...

New mag on the racks

We'll see if this flies. Blogger and Podcaster, published in Maryland, aims to "reduce the learning curve" for new practitioners, writes founder and publisher Larry Genkin. The skew is toward...

Los Angeles for May

Inside the annual weekend getaway issue is a piece from low-achieving Jordan High School in Watts, where Jesse Katz spent five months with the academic decathlon team. Editor Kit Rachlis'...

Hollywood's political connectors

In the new W, former Variety scribe Gabriel Snyder explains the role of Hollywood political consultants and updates the roster of who works with whom. Noah Mamet, for instance, wrangled...

Change at top at Angeleno

Degen Pener becomes editor-in-chief of Angeleno, while incumbent Alexandria Abramian-Mott remains with Modern Luxury Magazines as national home design editor. Pener has been features director of Santa Barbara Magazine and...

Change of plans

Last month we posted on Southland Publishing's forthcoming debut of Los Angeles New City Monthly — you remember, the magazine that would "celebrate the intellectual and cultural 'renaissance' of L.A.'s...

Arellano in profile

In this month's Tu Ciudad, Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Mrs. Kobe Bryant contribute their favorite spots in Orange County and, to stay in the theme, OC Weekly writer Gustavo Arellano...

Profiling the new pubs

Jay Levin's forthcoming RealTalk LA (and RealTalkLA.com) will try to "reinvent the concept of a city magazine and create the next evolution of the local online community," the founder of...

Portfolio's man in Hollywood

Tim Swanson, who has been the west coast bureau chief of Premiere and a writer for Variety, will blog about "the worlds of film, music, television, and the digital industry"...

April issue of 'Los Angeles'

In the new issue out now, Joe Domanick examines the case against Phil Spector while Strawberry Saroyan sizes up the career of fired book publisher Judith Regan. There are also...

New mag in the works

Los Angeles New City Monthly, from the company behind CityBeat, will "celebrate the intellectual and cultural 'renaissance' of L.A.'s Eastside, from Hollywood through Silver Lake and Los Feliz and into...

On the 'Colbert Report'

Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing was on "The Colbert Report" this week in his hat as Editor of Make magazine. Mark and the host fired marshmallows at each other and exchanged...

In Tu Ciudad this month

Actress Dania Ramirez holds up the clothes for the spring fashion issue, which focuses on local designers Eduardo Lucero and Emiliano Moreno. Also in the magazine: seeing City Council president...

Premiere folds

April issue is the last one in print, says Ad Age. The magazine brand will continue online....

Arthur calls it quits *

Jay Babcock, the founder of music and culture zine Arthur, emails a friend that the run has ended at #25 (cover shown.) He posts a symbolic gesture on the website....

On L.A.'s Radar

I had to skip Radar's Wednesday night "launch" party (does a third time around really count as a launch?) at The Standard for a media panel discussion at UCLA, but...

Advice for the Times *

In the new issue of Los Angeles magazine, media columnist RJ Smith offers several suggestions to help the Times survive — "for rescuing a newspaper that deserves to be." He...

Details on Hoffman's gig

Portfolio is calling Claire Hoffman a contributing editor, starting immediately. Hoffman's jump from the L.A. Times was reported last month, shortly after she danced briefly with the New York Times....

Magazines observed *

When the March issue of Los Angeles hits in a few days, media columnist RJ Smith will offer his suggestions for saving the Times after talking with publisher David Hiller...

Variety turns the digital page

Variety buries the lede: the trade's paywall has been dropped, so now "every story, article or item is available for free." Well not quite everything. The news is tucked onto...

Premiere on the block

Premiere magazine has been put up for sale by Hachette Filipacchi Media, Keith J. Kelly reports in the New York Post. No details, but Kelly says it's a sign of...

L.A.'s Latino mix

Tu Ciudad's first almost-monthly issue (there will now be ten a year) leads with a piece on the offspring of mixed marriages "transforming what it means to be Latino in...

New feminist mag from L.A.

They run it by collective, call it make/shift — subtitle "feminism in motion" — and plan to launch in March. One of the Los Angeles-based regulars caught my eye: Times...

Sneak peek at Swink 3

Issue number three of Swink — the "bi-coastal, biannual print magazine dedicated to identifying and promoting literary talent in both established and emerging writers," edited by Leelila Strogov — will...

Time's massacre takes local toll *

Time magazine is shuttering its Los Angeles bureau (and those in Chicago and Atlanta) as part of today's layoffs, Ad Age says. People magazine will close its Washington, Miami, Chicago...

HuffPost gets more communal

HuffIt is a new beta-test section of The Huffington Post where readers can indicate (Digg-style) which news stories of the moment interest them. Those stories will then get priority play...

Jay Levin's magazine

Jay Levin founded the LA Weekly more than 25 years ago. Lately he has been busy trying to recruit staff and writers around Los Angeles for a new magazine: RealTalk...

New year's food notes (* updated)

→ Los Angeles magazine's January Restaurant Awards issue proclaims Hatfield's the best new place in town, Bottle Rock the best new wine bar, Square One the standout breakfast spot, Swinging...

Hippest ministry in L.A.?

Tu Ciudad's new issue proclaims Erwin Raphael McManus's Mosaic the city's fastest-growing and hippest Christian congregation, with services that feature comedy skits, video clips and rock DJs. Also in the...

More December magazines

Esquire: In the December "Best and Brightest" issue, Colby Buzzell takes on an unruly quest across Los Angeles "in search of things that make it good to be alive. In...

Magazines observed

Inventing Lonelygirl15: Wired's December issue goes inside the Los Angeles apartment where the wildly popular web tale of Bree and Danny was hatched and taped. Writer Joshua Davis met creator...

Caitlin Flanagan no longer at TNY

Caitlin Flanagan told the New York Observer a year ago that "Youd never, never, never leave The New Yorker," but now she has. Flanagan has left the magazine's staff to...

Los Angeles redesigns

New logo, typeface, departments and architecture to the magazine, which celebrates 45 years in December. It's the Power Issue, hitting newstands now with pieces by me on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,...

Art Issue of VF talks to Broad

Jasper Johns' "Flag" hangs over a fireplace in Eli Broad's Brentwood home, we learn in Bob Colacello's profile of the art collector and would-be Los Angeles media mogul in the...

In praise of Dave Z

Los Angeles magazine's RJ Smith takes notice of David Zahniser's run of noteworthy stories in the LA Weekly (and previously in the Daily Breeze) and pronounces him the top beat...

Afternoon snacks

George Clooney's photo spread in the November issue of Vanity Fair was shot in the garden of the late newspaper matriarch Dorothy Chandler's home, Los Tiempos, at Fifth and Lorraine...

Media tower of power

If Los Angeles has a media gulch it's the stretch of Wilshire Boulevard from the old Carnation headquarters — where the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard are located — west into...

In the Emmis mags this month

Tu Ciudad puts Carlos Mencia on the cover and at the top of its second list of 25 Angelenos We Love. What they meant to say is 25 local Latinos...

Can go home again (* updated)

Harold Meyerson, the LA Weekly fixture [* keep reading...] who was editor of The American Prospect in 2001-2, is coming back as acting executive editor of TAP. Incumbent Michael Tomasky...

Lot of it going around

Variety Weekend is also calling it quits. The inside pages tried to draw in readers and advertisers with lifestyle coverage of and for the Hollywood entertainment community: passions and diversions...

Old media sell-off

On the same day that Time Inc. announced it will try to sell eighteen magazines — including Popular Science, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Parenting — the New York...

VF anoints a few more

Forget the odd looking baby. Vanity Fair's October issue has the doubled-in-size VF 100, successor to the annual New Establishment roster. Rupert Murdoch tops the list, followed by Google founders...

Podcasting L.A.

Bon Apptit's Los Angeles bureau has joined the podcast lineup at iTunes. Heather John, a senior editor here, covers local hotspots in a roundup of national bars and lounges with...

In 'Los Angeles' this month

September's Los Angeles Magazine offers a primer on finding a good and safe elementary school, putting the spotlight on sixty schools around the Greater L.A. area (not just the parent...

Mother Jones taps editors-in-chief

Senior editor Monika Bauerlein and deputy editor Clara Jeffery will take over the San Francisco-based magazine. City Pages has details via Romenesko....

Village Voice gets its editor

David Blum takes over at the Village Voice Sept. 12. He is a New York media veteran. Blum began at the Wall Street Journal in 1979, jumped to Esquire then...

This month in VF

There's a line in the new Vanity Fair's cover story on Kate Moss that the model makes more money than ever, post-coke addiction, and peers out from more magazine pages....

News happens to a Bon Apptit editor

In her blog diatribe about suffering bad service at a Los Angeles area restaurant, visiting Bon Apptit online editor Martha Simon doesn't name the place. But if you suspect it's...

Rich kid in Hollywood *

Today's Wall Street Journal cranks out a piece on GOOD, the magazine for young people who do good things (get it?) that is being pulled together in West Hollywood by...

Magazines observed

New from 5900 Wilshire, home of the Emmis magazines that hit the streets this week with their August issues: Los Angeles does its annual, hyper-selling Best of L.A. compilation. Among...

Amy Wallace jumps to Portfolio

She has been the editor in charge of entertainment coverage for the Los Angeles Times business section since last year, after returning from Los Angeles magazine in 2004. She will...

VF for August

Hilary Swank has been an LA Observed fave since she took her Oscar entourage (and newly won statuette) to Astro Burger. In the August issue of Vanity Fair, though, she...

Los Angeles does Sitrick *

The July issue of Los Angeles magazine (not online) has a piece by Kim Masters on Paramount's Brad Grey and by David Ferrell on the giant Rose Hills cemetery. Steve...

Atlantic dress code

If you worked at the Atlantic, you'd have received this memo on how not to dress in the Washington office this summer. From the New York Observer's Media Mob: From:...

Magazine observed

Revival of Hollywood, the place not the industry, has created "the hippest zone in Los Angeles," says the June number of Los Angeles the magazine. Features look at the reasons...

Mag's Best of Latino L.A.

Tu Ciudad's June-July issue features an interview with Corina Villaraigosa, a report from the set of Jack Blacks Nacho Libre and the magazine's first Best of Latino L.A. guide. Magazine...

'Profitable' Huff Post to expand *

Arianna Huffington told magazine editors in New York today that the Huffington Post makes money and within two months will spin off a sister site devoted to political satire. Even...

Kuh and Gold win Beard awards

Patric Kuh, the food critic at Los Angeles magazine, won for best magazine restaurant review or critique at the James Beard Foundation journalism awards in New York announced last night....

She's everywhere

The New Yorker's Caitlin Flanagan and her new book also get the treatment from Ella Taylor in this week's LA Weekly. Even women who cant stand what Flanagan has to...

TNY's woman in L.A.

Caitlin Flanagan perhaps "owes her success largely to a misogynistic media that loves a catfight...[but she] has so masterfully created a persona that it virtually guarantees literary celebrity," says the...

RJ on L.A.

RJ Smith wrote about rock music for the Village Voice and Spin before landing at the LA Weekly and, now, at Los Angeles magazine—where he is a senior editor and...

Open letter to Amoeba Music

From the editors of zines The Big Takeover, Dumb Angel Gazette, Roctober, Scram and Ugly Things: Dear Amoeba, We the undersigned, the editors of five of the most long-lived and...

Live in the Valley, but no college

NewsFactor Magazine has some pretty narrow (or is that snooty?) requirements for the editor job it posted on Mediabistro. You have to live in or near Woodland Hills, but don't...

Distinction killed

Tribune's experiment with a glossy lifestyle magazine aimed at high-income Southern Californians is over. Staffers at Distinction were told that next Friday is their last day. Today they are busy...

Magazine notes

From the wonderful world of magazines... Vogue loves Suzanne: Lucques chef Suzanne Goin gets star treatment from Sally Singer in the April issue of Vogue, as much for her style...

More Ellies nominees

In addition to the Los Angeles magazine profile by Jesse Katz, National Magazine Awards finalists of local note include three pieces of criticism on the subject of parenting that Sandra...

Variety style moves

Variety has hired Monica Corcoran away from In Style's Los Angeles bureau to replace Ginny Chien as style editor, today's Women's Wear Daily says. Corcoran becomes part of the lifestyle...

Ensign Garcetti

I have a piece on Council President Eric Garcetti in the March issue of Los Angeles, out but not online. It talks about his rising national profile—from involvement in the...

Kinsley still not editor of Atlantic

Michael Kinsley was dismissed as editor material for The Atlantic last summer, and he acknowledges in today's New York Observer that he has never been offered the job. But the...

New mag and website to launch

BiZBash covers the live events trade and will begin an L.A. version of the magazine later in the year. The website goes up Feb. 15, followed by biweekly electronic newsletters....

In the magazines

Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue out Tuesday has more than Scarlett and Keira nude on the cover (though that's a pretty decent jump-start on newsstand sales.) There's a Vicki Ward piece...

Wartzman on 'West'

Rick Wartzman's editor's note (labeled "From First and Spring") in Sunday's debut issue of West magazine fesses up to a strong belief in the Carey McWiliams school of California reportage...

What's in 'West'

Here's the story lineup for the first issue of West, the Los Angeles Times Magazine replacement that debuts in the Sunday paper. Cover story: "The Valley's Not So Civil War"...

'West' campaign observed *

Rip Rense has some thoughts about the marketing campaign for the LAT's new West magazine, coming soon to a Sunday paper near you. Whatever the new West will be, or...

Pajama party posted

That Los Angeles Magazine piece by RJ Smith on Pajamas Media is now online, along with Smith's cover story on George Clooney ("The sexiest man Bill O'Reilly loves to hate...

Media matters *

Updated with new entries at the bottom ⇒ Copies of the first West magazine issue were seen at the Times' Travel Show over the weekend. The cover piece in the...

Pajamas party

In the February issue of Los Angeles magazine, RJ Smith examines Pajamas Media to ask whether it is a fledgling media phenomenon or a blip with $3.5 million in seed...

'Radar' falls off the screen

Gawker reports that the staff of Radar magazine was just told that it's over. Also at FishbowlNY....

Magazine Watch

Los Angeles has posted the top stories from the December issue, including Steve Oney's feature on Defamer Mark Lisanti and the rise of online gossip. The most influential and intimidating...

The Hollywood Christians angle

In the December issue of The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin is the latest writer to take a look at the Jesus-ization of Hollywood. They sit in a semicircle on the homey...

Early holiday shorts *

The board of directors met today and decided on a split vote to let me start roasting their turkeys a few milliseconds early, provided I make up the time later....

LAT's new mag: 'West'

The L.A. Times plans to relaunch its Sunday magazine Feb. 5 as West. The name has a history at the paper. A previous incarnation of the Sunday magazine was called...

Robert Scheer in the news

Lots of chatter in local media circles these days about the syndicated L.A. Times columnist and KCRW commentator from the left. First, it appears that Scheer is about to lose...

Weekend notes

♦ Variety is ending the VLife experiment. Last issue is Feb. 1. I believe Mike at FishbowlLA was first up with the news. ♦ Daily Breeze music writer Corey Levitan announced that...

Caruso on the move

Former Los Angeles Magazine editor Michael Caruso is leaving as editor of Men's Journal after two years. He declined to renew his contract because of unhappiness with Wenner Media's management...

First thing Tuesday, 10/11 *

Oops, sorry about the day (the headline said 'Wednesday' for the first nine hours or so. We think ahead around here...)  ♦ Whispers in the wind say that Times editor Dean...

Tad tells it all

Tad Friend, writer of the New Yorker's occasional "Letter from California" feature, once again explains his m.o. in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. Yes, he flies out from...

Answer: Gwyneth Paltrow *

Question: Who did VLIfe put on its cover, following Jennifer Connelly and Halle Berry? Remember, they're trying to sell on newsstands these days. The October issue does contain an inspired...

These might be L.A.'s best lawyers

So you have a new magazine about legal eagles and you want them to read it. What do you do first? How about a special issue proclaiming the 500 best...

Chasing affluence

Been to the newsstand lately? The number of magazines trying to attract the eyeballs of Southern Californians with money to spend has swelled. In this week's L.A. Business Journal, James...

NRO coming to town

If you have a spare thou lying around, you too can dine with William F. Buckley and the editors and publisher of The National Review next week. Here's the invitation...

Rutten's take on talk radio

Tim Rutten's Saturday column in the LAT, nominally about the declining audience for Republican radio, posits that "While the political talk-show hosts and right-wing bloggers claim to have a quarrel...

VLife goes public

This is the month that Variety's glossy VLife hits newsstands and begins to find out if there's any (v)life separate from the trade's subscriber list. Halle Berry decorates the cover...

Kinsley and The Atlantic

The Michael Kinsley-to-Atlantic Monthly rumors are raised then dismissed in today's New York Observer. He had breakfast in Seattle with the magazine's owner, David Bradley, who is busily recruiting an...

Gold becomes redundant at People

Gawker has the memo: Elizabeth Leonard, the deputy bureau chief in the Wilshire Boulevard offices of People magazine, has been quickly promoted to West Coast Bureau Chief. The only mention...

Time's influential Latinos

Time magazine's cover this week unveils its take on the "25 Most Influential Hispanics in America." Locals meriting mini-bios include Antonio Villaraigosa, of course (looking uncharacteristically sullen in the photograph),...

People's Gold problem

Go figure: Two-plus years of L.A. Observed with no references to People magazine West Coast Bureau Chief Todd Gold, then two mentions in less than twenty-four hours. Here's the first,...

Banned at Reason

Longtime local conservative blogger Xrlq posts that he has been summarily banned from posting comments at Hit and Run, the blog of (loosely) Los Angeles-based Reason magazine. Spotted at Patterico's...

Unsubtle signals

Sounds like there are a ton of insider references in Hollywood Hussein, the new novel by Ken Baker, West Coast editor for Us Weekly. Monday's Page Six says that the...

TV Guide's bold idea

In response to mounting losses, TV Guide is going to get harder to hold—and run fewer TV listings. Variety reports that Gemstar-TV Guide will spend $110 million to convert the...

Joe and Bo

Joe Edmiston, the only executive director in the 25-year history of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, might be the most powerful unelected official in California, Lewis MacAdams writes in the...

Tuesday shorts

Any late-comers will go at the bottom, as usual. • Gustavo Arellano rates the new crop of Latino-oriented glossies in the OC Weekly. He gives Bello the edge over Tu Ciudad,...

Monday shorts

Mondays are always so busy... • This news won't help the layoff jitters sweeping the LAT's newsrooms this week. Tribune Company stock was downgraded Monday to "neutral" from "buy" by brokerage...

Getaway day shorts

Here are some items from the week. Posting over the weekend will be sporadic at best. • Los Angeles magazine celebrated this month's comedy issue last night with drinks, schmoozing and...

Tu Ciudad's launch party *

The new upscale Latino bimonthly magazine backed by Emmis took over the Hollywood Roosevelt (and a lane of Hollywood Boulevard) Tuesday night. A few hundred people listened to Go Betty...

Tu Ciudad profiled *

Tu Ciudad, that upscale Latino mag I've been telling you about since January, hits the mail next week (with a May 24 launch party and a June-July issue date.) In...

Catch up, or catch you later

The cover of Business Week's May 2 issue advises the corporate (and media) world that their customers and competitors are figuring out where blogs fit in, so they better jump...

First thing Tuesday

The LAT today joins the media pack on the Huffington Post, with an arch quip from ex-Timesman Tom Rosenstiel: "Is this a new kind of communication: a unique, elite blog-salon?...

Weekend mlange

Long but terser-than-usual roundup, due to a books-filled weekend away from the computer. It was great to chat with old friends, new readers, media people and bloggers and to hear...

The Atlantic to move — and lose editor

In Boston since 1857, the Atlantic Monthly is moving to Washington. Editor Cullen Murphy is among those who won't make the move. He'll oversee the transition, then step aside. Romenesko...

Ink for Tu Ciudad

The forthcoming magazine for young upscale Latinos is written up in today's New York Times, with a photo of founders Jaime Gamboa and Gabriel Grimalt. The Tu Ciudad team is...

Weekend shorts

• Tracks magazine has gone on hiatus after a little more than a year, while management pursues "new financing support with the goal of relaunching the magazine in the future." • The...

LAT Magazine's style editor

Women's Wear Daily's MemoPad page says that Kent Black [mentioned on L.A.O. in February] has filled the long-vacant post of style editor at the soon-to-be-relaunched L.A. Times Sunday magazine. And...

Media notes

Catching up with some reading and email after a slow online day: • Venice gets the 36 Hours treatment in Friday's NYT Escapes. Janelle Brown has the gig and visits the...

LAT Magazine moves

You might remember we told you on Feb. 14 that Rick Wartzman will be the new editor of a relaunched Times magazine. He's more than a month from taking over,...

'Distinction' seeks an M.E.

On the jobs board at Mediabistro: Distinction, an upscale lifestyle magazine for Southern California, is seeking an experienced managing editor to run day-to-day editorial operations. Were looking for a creative...

Lunch without Anschutz

Business Week's L.A. bureau chief Ron Grover posted his latest Power Lunch column on the success of Ray and what it says about the Hollywood play of Phil Anschutz. His...

Kinsley piece

That Los Angeles magazine story generally praising Michael Kinsley that I mentioned awhile back is now online. Also up on the Los Angeles website from the February issue are the...

Reading in too much *

Tanya Gold of The Guardian looks at this month's Vanity Fair cover—another triptych of young actresses—and sees "a desperate sight to make all feminists tremble. This is Disempowerment as she...

New Yorker does the Ambassador *

New Yorker editor Dana Goodyear's "Annals of L.A." story on the Ambassador Hotel is in this week's magazine (but, alas, not online.) She frames the Wilshire Boulevard hotel's fate as...

New rag mag

ClothesHoarse, the more fashion-obsessed of the two LA.com blogs, posts the news of an upcoming local magazine launch. Starting May 1, LA Mode—the self-proclaimed "voice of Los Angeles fashion"—will be...

Kinsley reviewed

There seem to be two leading schools of opinion about Michael Kinsley's impact on the Times as a voice of Los Angeles. One group believes that in striving to be...

Tu Ciudad Los Angeles

Southern California is gaining another glossy lifestyle mag. Emmis Communcations—they publish Los Angeles magazine—is planning to launch Tu Ciudad Los Angeles this spring. It will be an English-language bimonthly targeting...

Truman out at Conde Nast **

In one of those magazine shakeups that is "effective immediately," James Truman is giving way after 11 years as Editorial Director of Conde Nast to Thomas J. Wallace, currently editor-in-chief...

Bad investment

Forbes calls this story "Flack Attack." The piece by Los Angeles bureau chief Seth Lubove details a legal dispute over $6 million in investments that Michael Sitrick of crisis PR...

Wednesday notes *

* Updated with newest posts at the bottom • The February issue of Hustler will carry the story by Michael Collins and Mark Cromer that liberal critics of Rep. David Dreier...

Writers Guild changes tune

The WGA board voted unanimously Monday night to let Written By go ahead and publish a roundtable discussion of guild politics—but only after a committee of non-editors removes "personally defamatory"...

You won't read it in Written By

The Writers Guild board is under fire for playing thin-skinned publisher and yanking a roundtable discussion of guild politics from Written By, the organization's magazine. Variety's Dave McNary reports that...

Brett Ratner's Vlife

Variety editor Peter Bart turned this month's issue of Vlife (not online) over to guest editor Brett Ratner, director of After the Sunset. Ratner took full advantage, getting stories on...

California Journal suspends

The California Journal is halting publication in January—at least temporarily—after 35 years. A non-profit board has tried to build an endowment to keep the monthly journal of state politics and...

Gifting in L.A. private schools

In this week's New Yorker, Los Angeles-based staff writer Caitlin Flanagan ponders the ritual of giving presents to teachers for the holidays. Her vantage point is upper-income L.A. private schools,...

Newsweek and AIDS

Andrew Murr of the Newsweek L.A. bureau shares the byline on a piece saying that girls account for most new HIV infections among teenagers and that, more generally, women make...

'L.A.'s In Crowd'

That's the cover line in the December issue of W (not online) for a story that lets us in on a secret: there's more to Los Angeles these days than...

Oney to Los Angeles

The magazine has hired Steve Oney as a Senior Writer. He fills the slot vacated by Amy Wallace, who left to return to the Times as an editor in the...

Fiction or not?

In its latest issue, Citizen Culture magazine publishes in the fiction slot a story by Playboy Playmate Divini Rae Sorenson about forced sex and abuse inside the Playboy mansion. But...

Nice company

GQ's Men of the Year issue includes a piece by former LAT reporter Jeffrey Gettleman—now at the New York Times—on what he saw covering the Iraq war. It's titled "Dispatches...

Vanity Fair website

The magazine has put up a site at VanityFair.com with the table of contents and a couple of stories from the print issue, the Fanfair calendar, party pictures, a link...

Rethinking the film classics

In the new Classic Hollywood issue of Los Angeles magazine (not yet online), Steve Erickson nominates ten classic films that don't belong in the pantheon, and ten that aren't regarded...

Mother Jones editor out

Roger Cohn has quit as editor of the San Francisco-based magazine after five years. Dan Fost reports in the San Francisco Chronicle that Cohn blamed a decision by the board...

Tad Friend tells all (or some)

The writer of The New Yorker's occasional "Letter from California" talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about his recent piece on Gavin Newsom, being the spouse of New York Times...

Distinction editor *

Third time a charm? Tribune's Distinction magazine has brought on its third editor since launching last summer. It's Holly Palance, until recently the editor of Santa Barbara magazine, this week's...

Larry David mad at AD

Today's Page Six chuckles over the latest issue of Architectural Digest and the editor's note from Paige Rense about her conversation with an upset "Mr. Television Personality." The NY Post...

bello, it's in your paper

Times subscribers have been opening their papers to find the glossy premiere issue of bello — small b — a new magazine of "power, culture and success" for upscale Latinos...

Monday shorts *

   • The contents page in Sunday's L.A. Times Magazine had a posed photograph of a faux prisoner in a faux cell, to illustrate a cover story on the Three Strikes law....

Rainer shifts at 'New York'

Adam Moss continues to reinvent New York magazine. His latest addition is Ken Tucker, the ex-Herald Examiner rock critic and longtime critic-at-large for Entertainment Weekly. He becomes the magazine's film...

Arnold gets Wired

Syndicated columnist Jill Stewart (Daily News, Register, Pasadena Weekly) has the cover story in the September issue of Wired on her favorite Koll-i-fornia governor. Headline: The New American Idol. Her...

Subtract one Esquire gig? **

Kim Masters may be losing her Esquire contract to produce Hollywood stories, Defamer hears. If true, she's still got her deal with NPR at least. NPR local is, however, looking...

Sergeant Major Jann

How difficult is Jann Wenner to work for? His annual inspections of the staff's desks for neatness are apparently legendary at Rolling Stone. Today, Gawker runs the memo that went...

This month in Los Angeles *

The magazine's September issue out now is a good one, and I'd say that even if I didn't have the cover story on Mayor Jim Hahn and his political conundrum....

Friday media shorts *

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New entries added at end    • Former LAT publisher David Laventhol is writing the history of Times Mirror for Public Affairs. The company's former chief exec, his working title is A...

The New Yorker, online

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You know how the website for The New Yorker takes down the story links after each week's issue passes into history, without an archive? A New York City blogger named...

Business 2.0 outsources

For the August "special global issue," the Bay Area-based Business 2.0 outsourced a section of the magazine to India. From USA Today: "We could have found people who were willing...

Amy Wallace returns to LAT *

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The senior writer at Los Angeles Magazine whose 2001 profile of Variety editor Peter Bart was much talked about — and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award —...

Bruce leaves KCET

Philip Bruce, news director at Channel 28's "Life and Times" program, takes over as supervising editor for California at NPR West, the Culver City operation of National Public Radio. He...

Holiday shorts

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   • LAist, the SoCal version of New York's Gothamist, goes public Tuesday. Earlier: Gothamist going bicoastal.    • We're number one: The feds seize more contraband cigarettes at the ports of Long Beach...

Mag editors on move

Laurie Pike at LA.Comfidential has the lowdown on editor news at Distinction (they have yet to fill the job she left last year), Hollywood Life and Angeleno. The new editor-in-chief...

C-word dropped on Finke

The LA Weekly's Nikki Finke got a rude response when she phoned up New York Times Washington correspondent (and former L.A. bureau chief) Todd Purdum to ask about his Monday...

Now, the rest of the Carter story

With a few more weeks to work on it, a triple byline of L.A. Times writers follows up today with a fuller but no more scandalous profile of Vanity Fair...

Busting GQ

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Richard Rushfield (scroll down) smacks a $50 fine on GQ for gratuitous L.A. bashing in the latest issue's interview with Jake Gyllenhaal and shopping guide to Los Angeles. The fine...

Nice day for LA Mag

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My friends at Los Angeles magazine gathered up nine awards — more than any other publication — at the City and Regional Magazine Association competition announced earlier this week in...

Caitlin Flanagan, observed

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The Los Angeles-based staff writer for The New Yorker (and former Harvard Westlake English teacher) riled up people with her March piece in the Atlantic, "How Serfdom Saved the Women's...

Rating Los Angeles (the mag)

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Jon Friedman, media editor of CBS MarketWatch, was in town last week to have breakfast with Los Angeles editor Kit Rachlis (pictured) and to ponder the magazine (where I contribute)....

Loh and R.J. Smith

Matt Welch details his take on the Sandra Tsing Loh-KCRW affair in a piece at Reason magazine and in a lengthy post on his blog taking to task the recent...

New owner for California Journal

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The Sacramento Bee reports that the 34-year-old magazine of state politics and issues has been transferred (in a no-money deal) to the new California Journal Foundation for Research and Education...

Carter as nasty, mutating germ*

The New York Observer editorializes today against its former editor, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, disagreeing with the notion that his ethical lapses in Hollywood are minor: The star-struck bon...

Catching up with Reason

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The June issue of Reason magazine with a customized satellite photo of each subscriber's home on the cover is starting to arrive in mailboxes. The New York Times (and L.A....

The Robb Report explained

L.A. Business Journal media reporter Pat Maio interviews William Curtis, owner since 2001 of the Malibu-published Robb Report and other wealthy lifestyle magazines. Curtis says the average Robb Report reader...

Patt reads the magazines

For the cover feature in the Times' Weekend Calendar today, Patt Morrison peruses and critiques a small sampling of the magazines published in and (more or less) about greater L.A....

New tabloid boss here

Bonnie Fuller's Star has a new West Coast bureau chief, Mary Ann Norbom -- she's the third in eight months, Page Six says. "It's kind of a mess," sighed one...

Magazine Awards like Esquire

The prizes for general excellence at today's National Magazine Awards went to Newsweek, Popular Science, Gourmet, Budget Living, Chicago Magazine and Aperture. There were 39 awards given in all, including...

TV Guide editor quits

Mike Lafavore resigns after just fifteen months with a little knock at reality programming. Romenesko has the memo....

How important is California?

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Pretty important, the Economist thinks. The May 1 cover of the London-based weekly is devoted to a big photo of a tight-lipped Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the headline Is California...

Profiling Diller

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The newest copy of Fortune has a long piece looking at Barry Diller's moves to build a company, InterActiveCorp, that intends to get a cut of every Internet transaction it...

First class no-no

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Avalon owner Steve Adelman claims in a Page Six item today that Vanity Fair writer George Wayne demanded two free first-class tickets between New York and Los Angeles in exchange...

May issue of 'Los Angeles'

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The cover of Los Angeles magazine this month is 25 Great Weekends. Cover lines to stories mention R.J. Smith's piece on how L.A. car culture bad boy Von Dutch became...

Local mags looking good

L.A.-based publications such as the L.A. Times Magazine, Robb Report, Angeleno and the Advocate are riding a big jump in ad pages over last year, the L.A. Business Journal says....

Another way L.A. is not N.Y.

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Folks at Forbes are a mite amused by a pitch from the PR rep for LA.com, asking if the website's president and editor can meet with the magazine's Los Angeles...

Distinction needs an editor (again) *

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Laurie Pike at LA.com is on a roll today [not so fast...see below *], blogging that her old job as editor of Distinction magazine has gone vacant again. She reports...

Add Wal-Mart *

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Since last week's Inglewood vote (and L.A. Observed item) pushed a few buttons, here's a follow through from L.A. blogger Armed Liberal over at Winds of Change, who posts to...

New Yorkish stuff...*

LA.com blogs that Adam Moss at New York magazine may (or may not) be looking for a Hollywood columnist since Anne Thompson was let go by his predecessor. Before her,...

They know where you live

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Reason magazine's June cover will be devoted to a cool exercise in technology: the 40,000 subscribers will see individualized satellite photos of their neighborhood, with their homes circled. The New...

Celebrity culture comes to AARP

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The LAT's Bob Baker has a piece in the Calendar section on the newly younger and hipper magazine put out by AARP, the group for people 50 and older that...

John Sack, Esquire writer was 74

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Sack had also been a producer for Channel 2 here, a screenwriter, an actor and a writer for the TV show "That's Incredible." But he is best known as a...

WSJ's Robichaux goes to trades

Mark Robichaux takes over as executive editor of news for Broadcast & Cable, Variety reports today. He had spent 13 years at the Wall Street Journal "covering entrepreneurs, television and...

We ♥ The New Yorker *

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For the first time, more people in California buy The New Yorker than in New York, writes Cynthia Cotts in the Village Voice. The score was 167,580 in California (with...

Correction of the day

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NBC's anchor-in-waiting Brian Williams was not stripped and body-cavity searched recently at the San Diego airport. Broadcasting and Cable magazine regrets misinterpreting the joke Williams told... (via I Want Media)...

Something funny about this mag list

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In his column at TV Week, Alex Ben Block rips Entertainment Weekly's ranking of the "25.5 funniest people in America." In fact, he calls it "one of the worst power...

Bev Hills High and cancer *

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Back in November, Eric Umansky in the New Republic savaged claims by famed paralegal Erin Brockovich-Ellis and people around Beverly Hills High School (and a report on KCBS Channel 2)...

Magazine award finalists

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Caitlin Flanagan of the Atlantic Monthly is up for a National Magazine Award in the Reviews and Criticism category. Otherwise, it's pretty slim pickings for locals on the list of...

Don't invite them together

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Author and journalist Ann Louise Bardach has written for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles, Talk, George and, among others, the New Yorker -- but you can probably scratch that last one...

Arnold bombs on cover

The New Yorker's worst-selling cover of 2003 was the one about Arnold Schwarzenegger as "California's strongman." The best-selling double issue was winter fiction. Jesus covers sold best at the Economist...

Swink magazine arrives

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The new "bi-coastal, biannual print magazine dedicated to identifying and promoting established and emerging literary talent" is out. The editor is Leelila Strogov. Writers in the first issue of Swink...

VF goes blogging

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James Wolcott opens his exploration of politics blogs in the April Vanity Fair (not online) by asking "are we in danger of drowning in blogorrhea?" But he comes around, shows...

Forbes reports on Roy Disney

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In the March 15 issue of Forbes, Los Angeles bureau manager Seth Lubove asks of Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold, "so who are these guys--really?" He goes on to...

Urban living and cocktails

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The first issue of Vodka magazine, based here in L.A., has hit the streets with photographs from former District Attorney Gil Garcetti's book Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall....

New staffer at New Yorker

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Los Angeles-based writer Caitlin Flanagan joins the staff of The New Yorker to write stories about "modern domestic life," says the NY Observer's Sridhar Pappu. Since 2001, Ms. Flanagan has...

Publisher replies on Distinction

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In e-mail, Distinction publisher Jane Dalea-Kahn takes exception to yesterday's post on the magazine, and confirms that another editor (at least the third see below) has taken over. Get your...

L.A. as seen by Distinction

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Los Angeles has just two spheres, according to the latest Distinction magazine: West of the 405 and East of the 405. Here's how the Tribune Company glossy compares the two,...

Rating the cities

Joel Kotkin, the L.A. author and urban analyst busy writing a book on the history of cities, rates the best (and worst) places for doing business in this month's Inc....

'New York' gets an editor

Six months after becoming the New York Times cultural czar, Adam Moss leaves to become the top editor of New York magazine. Moss gets a lot of the credit for...

Vanity Fair does Hollywood

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In the New Vanity Fair, contributing editor Howard Blum and freelance digger John Connolly (author of that much-rehashed Premiere piece on Arnold Schwarzenegger) team up for a piece on jailed...

Abuse in the name of kids

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Reason's L.A.-based associate editor Matt Welch has a strong piece in the current issue that takes off from the bad experience of his wrongly accused friend, local blogger Tony Pierce,...

Los Angeles online

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My piece on PR giant Fleishman-Hillard and its top local operative, former Daily News managing editor Doug Dowie, is now up on the Los Angeles magazine site. The other story...

W's "Hollywood A-List"

The fashion monthly decrees the top poker game in town is the Gourmet Poker Club, which has met once a month for 25 years: Barry Diller, Steve Martin, Johnny Carson,...

New issue of Los Angeles out

The February issue of Los Angeles is the annual Oscar-timed number, with Patricia Clarkson and Benicio Del Toro on the cover. Inside are a piece on the culture of In-N-Out...

Pollitt's lover victim named

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Last week in The New Yorker, Nation columnist Katha Pollitt confessed at length about web-stalking the lover who left her for a younger art critic. Pollitt never named the man,...

Market strike hurts mags

Magazine and tabloid sales are off as much as 20% due to the southern California supermarket strike, says a Business story by Melinda Fulmer in today's L.A. Times. Market sales...

TNY does the L.A. River

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Tad Friend's "Letter from California" for The New Yorker this week is about the L.A. River -- the line on the contents page reads, "Trying to rescue L.A.'s lost waterway."...

They've got her covered

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US Weekly's follow-up cover story on Britney Spears' brief marriage carries 16 bylines. Discuss. (from NY Daily News)...

'New Frontier' almost ready

Honchos of The New Frontier, the self-appointed successor to George magazine long promised by Kennedy friend Helen O'Donnell, tell Folio they will finally launch in February after some false starts....

'New York' sold

The magazine was purchased for $55 million this afternoon by Bruce Wasserstein, chairman of investment bank Lazard, says AdAge.com. Emmis (Los Angeles magazine) and the Tribune Co. (L.A. Times) had...

In 'Written By'

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In this month's Written By, the journal of the Writers Guild, Calle Khouri and Gary Ross talk with each other about the writing process, directing your own script and Ross'...

There's always the Recycler

In The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" this week, Tad Friend reports on what ensued when the L.A. staff of the National Lampoon website -- Steve Brykman, Joe Oesterle,...

Considering the Playboy Interview

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Richard Horgan writes at FilmStew that the Playboy Interview was once a cultural milestone, but today has become just another pit stop on the Hollywood PR circuit. And so, as...

Rackauckas examined

The Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas, who is engaged in a nasty feud down there with the L.A. Times and the OC Weekly, is the subject of a cover piece...

Forbes on Hollywood

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Seth Lubove, chief of the Forbes L.A. bureau, visits the set of the forthcoming Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, and profiles the film's bankroller as a symbol of how movies...

Madonna to Mandela

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Reason's December issue celebrates the L.A.-based magazine's 35th year in existence with a list of, yes, 35 "Heroes of Freedom" who "made the world a freer, better, and more libertarian...

'Sexiest Man' analyzed

Richard Horgan considers the "Sexiest Man Alive" phenomenon at FilmStew.com: Two decades later, the annual title of worldwide male hottie, which was awarded last week to a 40-year-old Johnny Depp,...

Long ago, at a mag not so far away

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More tales of Buzz and of Los Angeles magazine from a few regimes ago, as told by Nancy Rommelmann. Who apparently, and alas, is still leaving L.A....

Jacko's friend at US

New York Post gossips aren't impressed with Us Weekly's choice of reporter for the Michael Jackson case. Says Page Six: If you're expecting hard-hitting coverage of the child sex-abuse charges...

Caruso gets another mag

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Michael Caruso, the editor of Los Angeles while the magazine was owned by Disney, is taking over the top spot at Jann Wenner's Men's Journal, the New York Post says....

New Republic vs. Brockovich

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Slate's Eric Umansky, writing in the New Republic, takes on allegations that the oil wells at Beverly Hills High are causing a high rate of cancers -- a case being...

Emmis out of NY deal

Emmis Communications, owner of Los Angeles magazine, is no longer a player in the bidding to buy New York, Keith J. Kelly reports in the NY Post. But Village Voice...

The Matrix Reinvested

Brett Pulley in a Forbes magazine cover piece examines the Matrix franchise and says it has so far taken in $1.9 billion in gross revenue -- with the third film...

Bowden scores again

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Mark Bowden's October cover story in The Atlantic, "The Dark Art of Interrogation" -- which explored the role of torture and other tactics in interrogation of suspected terrorists -- has...

The reason behind Reason

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Nice interview at mediabistro with Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason. The libertarian magazine is nominally based in Los Angeles, but he is near Cincinnati. We're probably far and away the...

More 'Innuendo'

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The second issue of L.A. Innuendo is online and presumably in print, though I haven't yet run into it anywhere....

Cosmo goes Israeli

Cosmo Israel is a start-up where Editor-in-chief Lea Kantor-Matarasso grapples with the big questions. “It's sometimes difficult to write with humor or tell stories about sexual escapades when 15 people...

Killed Bill

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David Denby in The New Yorker on Kill Bill--Vol. 1: “Kill Bill” is what’s formally known as decadence and commonly known as crap. It will doubtless cause enormous excitement among...

His Chlo pic is in the mail

Grant Robinson of Los Angeles is the winner of The New Republic's contest to name Gregg Easterbrook's new blog. It's now the Easterblogg. These must be heady days at TNR....

In praise of Disney Hall

If you only see Los Angeles magazine on the newstand, this month the cover is on fall travel. Subscribers, however, are getting a gorgeous Dan Winters photograph of Disney Hall...

Telling magazine tales

Cathy Seipp uses her CityBeat column this week to peruse the first issue of Distinction magazine and other L.A. glossies in search of some inner meaning. I don't think she...

Attn: Los Angeles magazine

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New York magazine plans to start a blog and is apparently hiring Elizabeth Spiers of Gawker to help on that and write pieces for the magazine. At least that's what...

Is 'New York' too much trouble?

Greg Lindsay in Women's Wear Daily cites sources saying that Emmis Communications is reluctant to bid for New York magazine, seeing it as "a major fixer-upper, requiring millions in editorial...

Handicapping Emmis

Just how serious will Emmis Communications, owners of Los Angeles magazine and Power 106 radio here, be in the crowded derby to acquire New York magazine? Steve Cohn, editor-in-chief of...

Distinction's demos are off

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The mailing list for Distinction, the magazine from Angeles Publications -- which is the Los Angeles Times ad department in disguise -- is supposed to be the 50,000 highest-income households...

Emmis looking at 'New York'

Ad Age says that Emmis Communications, publisher of Los Angeles and other city and regional magazines, including Texas Monthly, has had talks about buying New York. Neither Emmis nor Primedia,...

A book of puck dreams

In his day job Ken Baker is the West Coast executive editor in L.A. for Us Weekly. Somehow he also finds the time to write personal books. His first, Man...

L.A. scribes at TNR

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Jonathan Cohn, the former executive editor of The American Prospect and The New Republic, has a Los Angeles Diarist piece in the current TNR on the studies at UCLA and...

The new L.A. Cacophony Society

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Everything changed for the pranksters of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society (into "Art, Exploration and Subversion of the Secular Norm") after two members died in a car crash returning from...

Chasing Arianna

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Matt Welch, who appears to be having more fun than any magazine writer-editor should in his stint at Reason, goes to Lexis and catches Arianna Huffington having it both ways...

New face for Cinescape

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Cinescape, the Studio City-based magazine for hardcore cinema aficionados, has a new owner, editor and focus, the L.A. Business Journal's RiShawn Biddle reports this week. The owner is Mania Entertainment,...

Doing the Esquire thing

A couple of Los Angeles writers have pieces in the September Esquire. Ross Johnson puts actor James Caan to the "What I've Learned" test, and finds him dismissive of actors'...

L.A. loses another magazine

Genre, a lifestyle mag for successful gay men, is leaving Hollywood Boulevard for the Empire State Building in Manhattan. There's an all-new editor team in place too. (Advocate.com via I...

We're all unconvicted felons

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At least most of us are, writes Matt Welch in a new Reason article that argues against denying the vote to 4.6 million Americans with a rap on their sheet....

Welcome to 'L.A. Innuendo'

Haven't seen it -- so the welcome is conditional -- but anything that calls itself "L.A.'s scrappiest satirical newsmonthly" sounds good to me. L.A. Innuendo is being launched by Stacey...

'Distinction' makes a hire

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It looks like Distinction, the upcoming magazine from a newly created arm of the L.A. Times advertising department, is signing up actual editorial types. From the Daily Dish in the...

Why The Economist has no bylines

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Well it has a few, on special stories, but very few. In his media column in this Sunday's L.A. Times, David Shaw explores the Economist's success -- circulation is soaring...
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