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Think Like a Luxe-Life Scout for South Florida’s Ocean Drive

Ocean-Drive-articleIf Ocean Drive editor-in-chief Jared Shapiro isn’t sure of the age demographic of his magazine’s luxury-loving set, it’s because, as he puts it, “in Miami, you can be 23 or you can be 80 and [still] go to the clubs.” What he does know is that all but a piddling 1 percent of the mag’s readership have “liquid assets of $750,000 and up.”

What content interests those readers? Stories on places to burn through their money, for one:

The culture section is always in need of content. “Hottest Ticket” covers a big concert or play and generally runs 500 to 600 words. Pitch this if you know Fleetwood Mac or Justin Timberlake is coming to town; particularly if you can score an interview. The “Taste” section covers new restaurants, chefs, trends and more — most pieces average 450 words. “We’re starting to do a lot more sidebars, as so many restaurants and bars and stores and buildings are going up. So sometimes [the story] can be 1,000 words, plus a 500-word sidebar,” said Shapiro.

For more, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Ocean Drive

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Dave Chappelle Covers GQ

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Dave Chappelle — you remember him, right? — is the latest GQ cover dude.

In an interview, the 41-year-old comedian says that he’d like to be a zombie on The Walking Dead and discusses how he used to buy pot from Idris Elba. We know you’re interested now.

Dan Abrams Recalls O.J.’s Incriminating Shoes

Two striking photos by Nigel Parry framing two pages of revealing Dan Abrams quotes. That’s what lies behind the cover of the Holiday Issue of Hamptons magazine, on newsstands this week, showing the Nightline co-host and Good Morning America legal correspondent strolling with son Everett.


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Amy Adams Lands First Vogue Cover

Amy Adams is your newest Vogue cover girl. This is her first time gracing the title’s cover.

Adams was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and profiled by Jonathan Van Meter. The 40-year-old actress is wearing a Valentino dress that Vogue described as “Price upon request.” That means it’s like at least $100.

Airbnb Launches a Magazine

Everyone who has used Airbnb and thought, “I love this, but why isn’t there a pointless magazine attached to the experience?” you’re in luck. The New York Times reports that the company is launching a quarterly magazine titled Pineapple. 

The first issue of Pineapple is 128 pages and contains plenty of interesting content. There’s a think piece on if guests forget to flush the toilet on purpose; a renter’s tip column (the less blood stains the better!); and a giant feature on spiders that are gross and scary but “probably aren’t” poisonous.

Of course we’re kidding. Pineapple contains a bunch of fluff pieces and plenty of photos. The magazine’s introductory note explains that its goal is to “inspire and motivate exploration, not just within the cities featured, but within any space a reader finds themselves.” That sounds great.

Copies of Pineapple will be distributed to Airbnb hosts. You can also buy Pineapple for a mere $12 if you’re into that sort of thing.

Of Course Paper Retouched its Kim Kardashian Cover


Surprising no one (hopefully) the editorial director of Paper has admitted that the infamous Kim Kardashian cover was retouched. Mickey Boardman told Us Weekly that while there was plenty of smoothing things out, Kardashian’s butt was the real deal:

Every cover of every magazine is airbrushed on some level. But what I will say, is that is her butt. It is not padded. It is not augmented. That is all really her. But, yes, there was retouching to clean things up and make things look amazing. That’s what retouching is. It’s not building an ass that isn’t there or taking 50 pounds off the waist.

Obviously we don’t believe that Kardashian’s waist is that thin, mainly because how could she walk around like that? It seems like she’d always be toppling over. Like a sad and weird — but rich! — doll.

Fortune Names Larry Page Businessperson of The Year

Fortune has named Larry Page 2014′s Business Person of The Year. In a profile, Page — the co-founder and CEO of Google — won’t shut up about how great Google Buzz was. Kidding! He talks about swimming in pools of expensive red wine and using hundred dollar bills as napkins.

In addition to Page, Fortune also listed 50 other business people who are doing great things. The list includes Tim Cook, Elon Musk, Bob Iger, Jack Ma, Elizabeth HolmesFred Smith, Denise Ramos and more.

It’s Taylor Swift Closeup Week

Apparently the creative departments of Time and Businessweek are big fans of Taylor Swift; specifically her face.

We like these two covers lined up like this. It gives the impression that Swift is a storm growing in power, ready to overtake us all with her mediocre pop music and carefully crafted yet still hollow personality.

More Changes at Travel + Leisure

Nathan Lump, editor of Travel + Leisure since September, continues to reshape the magazine. According to The New York Post, in advance of a redesign, Lump has made several staffing changes.

Lump has added Gretchen Smelter, most recently creative director of Women’s Health. She is succeeding Sandra Garcia, who had served as T+L’s design director since 2011.

Jesse Ashlock, who previously served as online director of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, is joining T+L as features director. He is replacing Luke Barr.

Additionally, Jane Bishop has been named the new style director, replacing Mimi Lombardo.

It’s a Long Way from Westchester to Costa Rica

One of the journalists to envy this fall is Westchester magazine associate editor Katie O’Donnell. Thanks to the affluence of her publication’s readership (they travel extensively; many own second homes), she got the plum recent assignment of visiting the Anayama yoga retreat in Montezuma, Costa Rica.

This beats feverish Internet research, any day. From her piece:

Back just in time for the candlelit evening yoga session, we were greeted first with thick, fresh-made mango-and-coconut smoothies.

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