Posts from November 3, 2003

Cool on cool

Cool on cool
: Inside the small and self-important world of New York media, this is intriguing news: Kurt Andersen has been hired as editorial director and chairman of Colors, Benetton’s magazine, and he, in turn, had the good sense to hire Simon Dumenco — of the aforelinked New York Magazine column on bloggers — as editor of the magazine to “recapture the buzz it had in the mid-1990’s.”

Andersen was a founder of Spy and Inside and now he’s the host of my other favorite radio show, Studio 360 (which will continue). He’s one of the most admired guys I know in this small and self-important New York media scene. I’m delighted to see that a guy my age can still be hired to recapture buzz. Dumenco, who columnizes for both NY Mag and Folio, is — and I’m not just saying this because he flogged blogs today — the best low-key critic of media around now; he has an engaging viewpoint and voice and he’s the guy who was smart enough to hire Elizabeth Spiers away from Gawker for New York.

I haven’t looked at Colors in years. Now I will. Smart hires.

The manly phone, part II

The manly phone, part II
: Howard Stern started off the show this morning talking about our phone, the Treo 600. He said he spent his whole weekend learning how to use it (and loving it even more). He had a guy named Mandel from the company helping him and today he’ll have his IBM consultant help him some more.

When you’re rich and famous, not only do you have people but your phone has people.

Fame, no fortune

Fame, no fortune
: Simon Dumenco tells the world about blogs and a half dozen of the blogging bloggers who blog them in New York Magazine today. I was honored to be one of them.

: Choire Sicha is, of course, much wittier, snippier, and snarkier than I am on the New York Magazine, um, blogjob. Though as cranky as Choire, I’m not nearly as ironic.