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Richard Horgan

[Email contact: rhorgan@gmail.com; personal Twitter account: @hollywoodspin] I have worked as a journalist and editor for several decades, beginning in Canada at age 17 with a full-time job at the Ottawa bureau of Associated Press Canada (Canadian Press).

Joyce Maynard Tells an Old Tale to a New Audience

JoyceMaynardNYTMagCoverIt’s been recounted, richly, a number of times prior. A scrambled assignment to cover a Miss Teen America beauty pageant for Seventeen magazine; an unlikely April 1972 New York Times Magazine first-person cover story; the romance with J.D. Salinger that immediately followed.

But chances are most readers of Yahoo Beauty are too young to have heard it before. And so, Joyce Maynard‘s column “How I Got to Be a Magazine Cover Girl (Without Any Makeup)” will introduce a whole new set to the wistful details and her retrieved life lesson:

In the 42 years since, I have never stopped doing this thing I love. And I slowly learned a valuable lesson, though a painful one: to let no one – however revered and famous, however celebrated and important – tell you who you are, or what you can or cannot do or become. Let no one tell you that the story you have lived is a story you cannot tell.

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David Cronenberg Brings His Debut Novel to Brooklyn

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The advance reviews for David Cronenberg‘s debut novel Consumed are impressive. And befitting the pedigree of the author, they come from such folks as Stephen King, J.J. Abrams and Viggo Mortensen.

Cronenberg will be in town tomorrow night for a free book signing and reading at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. The event, which is being co-presented by Book Court, starts at 7 p.m at Founders Hall. The filmmaker’s latest protagonists are, per usual, of the moment:

The story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher’s death becomes a surreal journey into global conspiracy.

Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors — nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows…

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Quentin Tarantino, Movie Theater Owner

It’s the best succession imaginable. After helping Los Angeles repertory house the New Beverly Cinema for years as a silent partner (and owner-landlord since 2007), filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has taken over the operation of the mid-city enterprise and is officially launching himself for the next few months as the joint’s chief programmer.

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He talked to Elvis Mitchell about the first wave of big-screen goodies on the latest episode of weekly KCRW-FM program The Treatment. Columbia Pictures, as a reward for the box office performance of Django Unchained, gifted Tarantino with a remastered print of the late Paul Mazursky‘s classic Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Mazursky even did the color correcting. The new print will be shown tonight and Thursday as part of a special two-day tribute to Mazursky, on a double bill with Blume in Love:

“We played this double feature at the New Beverly about two years ago, and Paul Mazursky showed up,” Tarantino tells Mitchell. “I was there, and we had an impromptu question-and-answer session. It ended up being crazy illuminating, really, really lovely.”

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Brooklyn Blogger Competes on Sports Jeopardy!

AlexDeFrankPicIn the middle of the contestants’ panel for Episode #2 of Sports Jeopardy! is nascent Brooklyn sports blogger Alex DeFrank. Following each episode’s TV airing, the competitions are posted to Crackle on Wednesdays.

DeFrank’s patter-portion with host Dan Patrick addressed an age-old cliche about bloggers:

“Here’s the problem with sports bloggers,” suggested Patrick. “Everybody says you’re guys in your underwear, in the basement. True?”

“I thought you said there was a problem?” DeFrank joked back.

“I’m jealous!” exclaimed Patrick.

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Crain’s 5boros Debut Highlights Pizza, Yoko Ono

The most intriguing aspect of “5Boro Pizza Tour,” one of the articles in this week’s Fall 2014 debut of quarterly print magazine Crain’s 5 Boros, is the author. The piece was written by Thrillist New York editor Andrew Zimmer as part of a special partnership with the new Crain’s consumer lifestyle publication.

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Ditto for “John Lennon Bus Visits 5 Boroughs.” In that case, the Web-only byline belongs to the founder and executive director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Brian Rothschild.

Overseeing the spinoff, day-to-day, is Crain’s New York Business deputy managing editor Valerie Block. From this week’s launch announcement:

Crain’s 5boros, with an initial circulation of 25,000, will serve as a trail guide for urban explorers eager to discover the city’s new vibrancy. “5boros readers are supremely interested in pursuing their hometown more fully, from the little shop around the corner to the last stop on the subway map,” Crain’s New York Business and 5 Boros editor Glenn Coleman wrote in the premiere issue. “They are New Yorkers who embrace the ever-changing nature of the city’s five boroughs.”

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New York Radio Vet Judy DeAngelis Retires

This is what it sounds like when a 26-year 1010 WINS veteran (Judy DeAngelis) signs off, for the final time, on a Tuesday morning:

And this is what it sounds like when a colleague (WCBS-FM’s Dan Taylor) sets his farewell to music:

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Condé Nast’s Dawn Ostroff: ‘We Haven’t Even Scratched the Surface’

Former Lifetime, UPN and CW programming exec Dawn Ostroff is now the president of Condé Nast Entertainment, responsible for a prospective 100 digital series. During an appearance Monday at the Interactive Advertising Bureau MIXX Conference portion of Advertising Week New York, she colorfully framed how the audience-fragmentation writing was on the wall during her time at The CW.

In meetings with Les Moonves, Ostroff remembered that her boss would ask how it was possible that a show like Gossip Girl, on the lips of everyone, could have such mediocre Nielsen ratings. Ostroff would struggle to reply since DVR, social and Internet metrics were in their infancy. But, as she told IAB president and CEO Randall Rothenberg on stage:

“While I was at The CW, we single-handedly watched them [18 to 34-year-old viewers] migrate away from television on to other platforms. Legally or illegally, unfortunately.”

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NYU Celebrates the Work of an Apartheid-Era Photojournalist

After fleeing South Africa in the mid-1960s, photographer Ernest Cole sadly wound up living homeless on the streets of New York City. He died in 1990, at age 49, just one week after the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

But the memory of Cole’s robust art lives on this fall thanks to an exhibit running through December 6 at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. The courageous photojournalist was also a topic of discussion today on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show. Former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld, who befriended Cole in South Africa and wrote the introduction to the photographer’s seminal 1967 book House of Bondage, reminisced about Cole’s life and work.

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Get Ready for Playboy Latino

PlayboyLatinoLogoPlayboy Enterprises and Arbol Publishing are partnering for a new shade of the venerable men’s magazine. Playboy Latino will launch in December as a bi-monthly. From today’s announcement:

Playboy Latino will be published predominantly in Spanish and will feature a mix of original content, as well as pictorials and articles from the Playboy archives that will be repackaged for a Latino audience.

“We are thrilled to begin publishing Playboy Latino for the fast-growing U.S. Latino and Spanish-speaking market,” said Playboy Latino publisher and editor-in-chief Edgardo Iorio. “The past 30 years have produced a significant shift in the U.S. demographic and a new generation of Spanish speaking consumers has emerged.”

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A Daily News Lede That Was Anything But Championship Caliber

BillMadden1954CoverAs a reminder of how much times and sportswriting have changed, let’s telescope back – courtesy of Bill Madden‘s recent book 1954 – to this date 60 years ago. On September 30, 1954, New York Daily News readers were treated to the following World Series Game One summary lede by famed sportswriter Dick Young:

The story of the Giants 5-2 victory over Cleveland in yesterday’s World Series opener should be written vertically from top to bottom in Chinese hieroglyphics. It was won on a 10th inning homer that was not only sudden death but pure murder… right out of a Charlie Chan yarn.

Ming Toy Rhodes, sometimes called Dusty by his Occidental friends, was the honorable person who, as pinch hitter, delivered a miserable bundle of wet wash to the first row in right field in Polo Grounds some 258 1/2 feet down the block from the laundry.

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