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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

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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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Tell Time to Ban ‘Bae’

Time wants to know which awful word and/or phrase should be banned for 2015. As of now, “Feminist” is leading the way, with 46 percent of the vote. We assume this is because only rich males have voted so far. Otherwise, what the hell is wrong with people?

Here are the choices:

bae
basic
bossy
disrupt
feminist
I can’t even
influencer

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Saveur Names Deputy Editor

Saveur has named Yaran Noti deputy editor. Noti most recently worked as Food & Wine’s features editor. Prior to that, he held the same role at Food Network Magazine.

In a memo announcing Noti’s arrival, Saveur editor-in-chief Adam Sachs described Noti as “very nice and dapper” and added that his favorite food group is “soup.”

Noti begins December 1. You can read Sachs’ full memo below.

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Kim Kardashian Gets Naked for Paper

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One easy way to get your magazine noticed is to have a celebrity with a giant and fantastic — career, pose completely naked on the cover. To the editors of Paper’s credit, that’s exactly what they did. They oiled up Kim Kardashian West, told her to get naked, and hoped for the best. It certainly got our attention.

This is actually the second Paper cover featuring Kardashian West. The other one is a recreation of Jean-Paul Goude’s “champagne incident,” with Kardashian West balancing a glass of champagne on her ass. Art is great.

Kanye West preferred this cover. He tweeted the image along with #ALLDAY. Consider the Paper mission accomplished.

Amazon to Debut New Yorker Series

AmazonLogo150x150Amazon.com has announced seven new pilots, and one that caught our eye was The New Yorker Presents. According to Amazon, it will be a “docu-series,” which is a fancy way of saying the show will feature both fiction and documentary elements.

The New Yorker Presents, along with the other shows, will debut early next year. Here’s Amazon’s description of The New Yorker Presents:

America’s most award-winning magazine comes to life in this half hour docu-series pilot. The New Yorker Presents is a completely unique viewing experience that features Tony-Award winner Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and actor Brett Gelman (Go On) in a short film based on a story by Simon Rich (Saturday Night Live) and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Troy Miller (Arrested Development); a poem by Matthew Dickman; a documentary by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) about biologist Tyrone Hayes based on a Rachel Aviv article; and an interview with famous performance artist, Marina Abramović, conducted by The New Yorker writer Ariel Levy. Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) is Executive Producer, joined by Dave Snyder (Death Row Stories) and Dawn Ostroff (The Fashion Fund). The pilot is co-produced by Condé Nast Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions.

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