How Trump is good for magazine covers: New Yorker’s KKK sailboat image wins cover of the year

Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Comic Riffs by Michael Cavna by Michael Cavna Email the author February 8 Email the author Illustrated by David Plunkert. (The New Yorker) JUST HOW good has President Trump been for the magazine business? Well, it’s worth noting that no other president in the past dozen years has twice inspired the best cover of the year, as judged by the American Society of Magazine Editors. That’s right: The commander in chief whose golf clubs are known for hanging fake Trump magazine covers is sparking a demi-Renaissance in award-winning real covers. This week, the ASME named “Blowhard,” the New Yorker’s post-Charlottesville page featuring David Plunkert’s illustration of Trump blowing into a Klansman-hood sail, as its best cover from 2017. “Blowhard” also picked up the honor for “most controversial” cover. “I’m surprised and honored at my ‘Blowhard’ cover being awarded cover of the year,” the Baltimore-based Plunkert told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs on Wednesday. The illustrator noted in August that although he seldom renders political content, the White House’s response to the fatal protest in Charlottesville prompted his strong visual reaction. “Blowhard” is Plunkert’s first cover for the magazine, and he thanked New Yorker Art Director Françoise Mouly and Editor David Remnick for “being able to visualize the potential for a politically jarring cover from my very, very rough sketch,” he told The Post. Remnick accepted the award Tuesday during the American Magazine Media Continue Reading

Las Vegas esports squad shakes up video gaming world

Las Vegas-based Rogue, the little-esports-squad-that could, is not so little anymore. (Rogue) Rogue's Casper “cadiaN” Møller in competition. (One7 Communications) Rogue's Casper "cadiaN" Møller (One7 Communications) ASUS ROG Regional Qualifier (One7 Communications) Rogue team members Sean Mulryan, general manager, Frank Villarreal, co-founder/president, Colin Wentworth, professional VainGlory player, Derek Nelson, co-founder/ CEO, Brian Thomas, head of player development, and Andrew Stickney, assistant general manager, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the team's home, in Las Vegas. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphoto Rogue team member Casper Møller practices Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with players from around the world on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at his home, in Las Vegas. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphoto Rogue team member Casper Møller practices Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with players from around the world on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at his home, in Las Vegas. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphoto Rogue team member Casper Møller practices Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with players from around the world on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at his home, in Las Vegas. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphoto Rogue team member Casper Møller practices Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with players from around the world on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at his home, in Las Vegas. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphoto Rogue team member Casper Møller practices Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with players from around the world on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at his home, in Las Vegas. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphoto Steve Aoki seen on The Morning Show on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) Rogue team members Sean Continue Reading

Please stop talking about, stoning and enabling Hillary Clinton, says Molly Roberts

Please stop talking about Hillary Clinton There’s not much to do when you’re home for the holidays, so this season some have decided to fill up their free time by melting down over a video that snipes at Hillary Clinton. “Take up a hobby in the new year,” a young writer holding a glass of champagne says to Clinton in the short, which Vanity Fair magazine’s “Hive” vertical produced as part of a series proposing “resolutions” to various political figures. “Volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy — literally anything that will keep you from running again.” The second of these suggestions provoked the most ire among the online hordes who have spent the past two days calling for a mass cancellation of Vanity Fair subscriptions. Did Vanity Fair implore Al Gore or Mitt Romney or any other male politician to retire from the public sphere after he lost the presidential election, they ask? Did it tell them to futz around with some yarn and needles? Well, no. The video had sexist overtones, and the lameness of the jokes made them all the more offensive. It’s harder to plead comedic license when your comedy isn’t funny. But Clinton occupies an odd place in the political sphere: She was so close to the Oval Office for so long leading up to 2016 that her heir apparentness discouraged potential challengers. A career candidate from a Democratic dynasty held little appeal for anyone dissatisfied with the party status quo then, and will hold even less in 2020. It’s not surprising that some cringe to think Clinton’s shadow could still loom over races to come. So then why resurrect her? It wasn’t only ride-or-die Clinton supporters who took umbrage at the knitting comment, it was also that cohort who turned particularly hysterical. These all-in Clinton fans seem determined to keep their candidate relevant: Even if they aren’t calling on her to run again, they want Continue Reading

Huffington Post premieres new music video for Phoenix rockers Jane N’ the Jungle

We also have a new story with the 2018 Phoenix local music news. It’s been a good year for Jane N’ the Jungle. And it ended on a high note with Huffington Post premiering their new video for “One Time,” which the critic hailed as “premium!”   The article goes on to say, “Two factors make ‘One Time’ wickedly powerful and evocative: first, the song’s Spartan melody, which is totally bereft of harmonic layering and digital enhancement, just a single acoustic guitar. And second, the spine-chilling, devouring potency of (Jordan) White’s highly charged vocals.”It's a striking video, shot by Brian Dellis, who complements the understated, acoustic-guitar-and-voice recording by keeping the camera trained on White, a captivating presence, as she walks the streets singing the bittersweet lyrics (in a really nice coat). The song was recorded at Switchblade Studios in Tempe as a demo while working on pre-production for the upcoming Jane N' The Jungle project. As White says, the "raw demo recording captured something uniquely beautiful and pure with having no added effects, overdubs, vocal correction, and very little production."They also felt it didn't really fit the album they plan to release in 2018, so they decided to share it as a single and release it as "an end-of-the-year reflective song."The video was directed by Dellis with the same intention as the demo, to keep it simple hoping to capture raw authentic moments.   Phoenix native Tommy Ash, a veteran of the local scene who now resides in Nashville, was named to a Rolling Stone magazine's list of 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.The magazine described her sound as "country shuffles, train beats and honky-tonk heartbreak, all delivered by a magnetic entertainer who's been serenading barflies since the age of 13." The writer cited Dwight Yoakam, Waylon Jennings and Margo Price as fairly spot-on frames of Continue Reading

David Brooks, King of Kvetching

New York Times columnist David Brooks managed to get away from the GOP Senators trying to place their hands on his inner thigh at dinner long enough to pen a column shaming a real journalist for having the audacity to break the etiquette rules that govern the precious relationship between elite media personalities and those in power. His target this time is freelance journalist Michael Hastings, whose profile in Rolling Stone of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his inner circle brought down McChrystal almost instantly. What offended Brooks was that Hastings had the audacity to report–for public consumption (gasp!)–the "kvetching" that powerful figures like McChrystal apparently engage in with their friends in the corporate media. "The most interesting part of my job is that I get to observe powerful people at close quarters," Brooks writes. "The system is basically set up to maximize kvetching." Hastings, who clearly skipped out on one too many classes at the Joe Klein/David Brooks/Peggy Noonan School for Caviar Correspondents, committed the mortal sin of making "the kvetching the center of his magazine profile." Brooks declares: "By putting the kvetching in the magazine, the reporter essentially took run-of-the-mill complaining and turned it into a direct challenge to presidential authority. He took a successful general and made it impossible for President Obama to retain him." That Hastings exposed what McChrystal and his boys really think of Obama and civilian leaders or that he uncovered disturbing views held by McChrystal regarding loss of life in Afghanistan–in other words, information that the public and civilian leaders probably should have–goes unmentioned by Brooks. What Hastings did was to act too much like a journalist and not enough like an ass-kissing kvetcher. Professor Brooks breaks it down like this for young Hastings: "Military people are especially prone to these sorts of outbursts. In public, they pay lavish deference to Continue Reading

Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner painted as a fame-hungry leader in ‘Sticky Fingers’ biography

The Rolling Stones were wrong — you can always get what you want. At least if you’re Jann Wenner. “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine” takes an exhaustive look at the now 71-year-old media magnate’s life as his signature publication turns 50 in November. Despite an ending that tries to soften the previous 545 pages, Wenner comes off as a narcissist desperately seeking acceptance by the cool crowd. He’s also ambitious and treacherous, once even crossing his idol John Lennon to turn a quick buck. The bio, four years in the making by author Joe Hagan, relies on 240 interviews, thousands of articles and dozens of books. It arrives in stores Tuesday. How badly does Wenner come off? He’s already complaining about the content in this decidedly unauthorized biography. Wenner is presented as a doughy boy drawn to all that glitters, someone who demands to be center stage even with little reason to be there. The counterculture chronicler is compared to President Trump more than once. At worst, he comes off as a professional sycophant, dictatorial and greedy. Yet there’s no denying Wenner’s genius for creating popular and profitable magazines. Wenner describes himself as “the first child of the baby boom” — and his pediatrician was Dr. Benjamin Spock. So from the beginning, it seemed as if Wenner was destined for the nexus of the zeitgeist. He adored JFK, dreamed big, followed rock music and catered to celebrity. Wenner, in a nuclear-proof vault, obsessively catalogued every letter, memo and backstage pass from his journey — as if it might one day go on display in his presidential library. And, yes, he had White House aspirations. Hagan had access to the archives and spent considerable time with Wenner, his ex-wife, Jane, and others Continue Reading

‘The Bomber’: Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes cover of Rolling Stone

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Boldly labeled "The Bomber," the teenaged Boston Marathon bombing suspect's portrait is splashed across the upcoming August issue’s cover — usually reserved for rock stars and celebrities. "How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster," the cover’s caption reads while showing him shaggy haired and unshaven in sepia-toned shading. Tens of thousands of people and at least four retail chains have since vowed to boycott the magazine since it unveiled the controversial cover with many calling its decision "shameful," “sickening” and "glorifying" of an accused killer and terrorist. Feeling the backlash, Rolling Stone editors released a statement Wednesday recognizing the victims of the Boston bombing while attempting to explain why they put the 19-year-old on its cover. "The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day," the magazine said. "The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens." The editors didn't directly address why they selected the picture of Tsarnaev. More than 11,000 people have additionally stormed the magazine’s direct Facebook page with angry comments and hundreds of others have slammed a related article on the magazine's website — some vowing to cancel their subscriptions. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick are among the latest to vilify the cover with Menino calling it “disgraceful" and promising to contact the publisher directly. “Why Continue Reading

LFPL adds free eMagazines with Flipster

Forget those pricey magazine subscriptions. When you use your free library card, favorite publications such as "People," "Real Simple, Rolling Stone," "Entertainment Weekly," "Sports Illustrated" and more are offered free of charge through the Louisville Free Public Library’s new online service Flipster.Flipster is a digital magazine service where library card holders can access magazines through the library website.Each magazine is recreated page-for-page and a simple sign-in process - just your library card number and pin - gets you reading fast.Using the Flipster app means you can store downloaded magazines on your personal device or phone for offline access. Flipster is compatible with PC and Mac computers, tablets, color eReaders and other Internet-enabled devices.Library cardholders will continue to have access to the more than 150 magazine titles through Zinio for Libraries.To access, visit, or click on the “eMagazines” button on the home page.For more information, call the library at 502-574-1611. Reach Kirby Adams at [email protected] or 502-582-4336. Continue Reading

You can know how it feels to own every Rolling Stone on DVD-ROM

Want to own every issue of Rolling Stone but don't have the space to store 1,026 magazines? The preeminent music mag has moved digital and loaded all 98,000 pages of their content on three handy DVD-ROM disks, which just hit stores last Friday via Bondi Digital Publishing. "Rolling Stone Cover to Cover: The First 40 Years" is a virtual yearbook for the past four decades, in fully searchable digital format, with each page individually scanned and tagged so that users can search the disks using Bondi's easy software and literally bring the past back with a few simple clicks. (In 2005, The New Yorker magazine did something similar with 80 years of its archives.) Coinciding with the magazine's 40th anniversary this year, RS founder, editor and publisher Jann Wenner felt it was time for this massive endeavor. "There's a certain amount of the family jewels [included], which have been hidden away for a number of years," he says. "While you want to keep that in your chest, you have to balance that with the ability to get your treasures out there. "Even I forget all the incredible stuff we did over the past years, such as the huge profiles on Marlon Brando, our scientific coverage and even when we sent reporters to cover the total eclipse of the sun in the Sahara Desert." The disks are part of a box set, which retails for $125, and comes with a 208-page coffee-table book and a complimentary no-strings-attached one-year subscription to the magazine. The DVD-ROMs allow for what Bondi Co-Publisher David Anthony calls "a full text search, meaning if you search for Led Zeppelin, you'll see all the reviews, but you'll also see any other instances where someone said, 'We're influenced by Led Zeppelin.' It's extremely comprehensive." The book features production photographs, article excerpts and even a cover time line. "The book ends up being the scrapbook you never kept," says Anthony. "You'll see an issue, and you completely go back" in your mind. Continue Reading

Magazine business paid slave wages, Cuomo says

The ads hook young recruits with the promise of free travel across the nation and the chance to earn hundreds of dollars a week, plus a $500 signing bonus - just for peddling magazines. But that promising jobs pitch from Jaguar Sales is simply a fraud, according to a lawsuit filed against the company yesterday by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The suit, filed in Dutchess County Court, alleges that Jaguar Sales exploited young workers by having them work long hours as door-to-door salespeople with no guarantee of earning money. "They quickly discovered that every promise made to them was a sham," said Cuomo. Based in Gig Harbor, Wash., Jaguar hires young people to sell subscriptions for mags like Rolling Stone, GQ and Shape. "I thought this would be the perfect summer job for me," said Alexandria Brooks, a recent high school graduate from Mississippi. "I had never seen the country, my parents were okay with it and $400 to $750 a week is a lot of money for me." The lawsuit, which seeks to bar the company from operating in New York and to have its salespeople receive unpaid commissions, accuses the company of deceptive labor practices. Brooks, 18, quit last month after a six-week stint that took her to Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York. She charges that she never received the promised $500 bonus and the only money she ever got was $20 a day for meals and expenses. "I was like, this isn't the job for me," Brooks said. A spokesman for Jaguar could not be reached for comment. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading