Sunday, July 20, 2008

in the papers...

Today's New York Times has an article about Si Newhouse, Conde Nast's chairman. It's refresing (and I have to admit, encouraging) that the company's head is considered shy, "strikingly ill at ease in conversation" and not at all imposing. It's good to hear that you don't have to be aggressive and an over-the-top character to be on top. (Let's just not dwell on the fact that he inherited the company from his father, ok?)

Given the shitty economy, the Conde's luxury magazines have not suffered and ad sales continue to rise. When you can afford to spend $400 on a clutch or a shirt, surely you can afford to spend $4 for a magazine. But when you're looking for 25 cent coupons or "How to Make Meals Out of Monday's Leftovers" (a totally made up story, but you get what I'm trying to say), you're unlikely to keep spending $2 on a magazine that regurgitates the same tips every week or so. (RIP Quick and Simple.) So there, just in case you were wondering why the hell a magazine with stories like "Clothes, Clothes and More Clothes!" and "Look How Pretty This Celebrity Is!" can survive over a magazine with like, information and such.

Ah, Conde's glossy magazines really are pretty to look at though.

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