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Rolling Stone Cover is Weird, Wrong

On the right is the cover of the latest Rolling Stone.

Two thoughts:

1) It is weird, sexist and sort of pathetic. Why is Julia Louis-Dreyfus naked? What does that have to do with her being “The First Lady of Comedy?” It’s so over-the-top for no reason that it comes across as desperate. Even Rolling Stone’s tweet about the issue — ”Julia Louis-Dreyfus is naked on our new cover” — was sad. Pay attention to us! Please??? We have a naked lady on our cover!

2) It is wrong. John Hancock did not sign the Constitution, he signed the Declaration of Independence.

Live, from the Pages of Cosmopolitan: It’s a ‘Regressive’ SNL Spread!

Vanessa Golembewski, assistant news and entertainment editor for website Refinery 29, is part of a growing number of writers voicing their disappointment with the photo treatment given to Saturday Night Live female cast members in the May 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.

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It’s basically, per the above, slumber party redux. Golembewski notes that the treatment stands in stark contrast to some recent Interview and GQ coverage of, respectively, male show counterparts Jay Pharoah and Kyle Mooney. From her item:

To be sure, the women look absolutely gorgeous. However, in this sleepover-themed spread, the female cast trades its comedic chops for sexual subtext. At the same time, the shoot gives a very limited definition of what sexy means: A mostly nude Sasheer Zamata is at the center, while Aidy Bryant‘s body is entirely covered — by sheets in a group picture, and again in her individual Q&A by a large bunny head.

The larger issue, however, is how regressive the shoot feels.

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Vanity Fair Interviews Edward Snowden

Vanity Fair’s May issue is officially a must read. The magazine somehow snagged an interview with Edward Snowden, which serves as a starting point for the glossy’s 20,000 word piece on the man who leaked countless NSA documents to the press. Below are some highlights from the Snowden interview.

On the rumor that he has almost 2 million documents:

Look at the language officials use in sworn testimony about these records: ‘could have,’ ‘may have,’ ‘potentially.’ They’re prevaricating. Every single one of those officials knows I don’t have 1.7 million files, but what are they going to say? What senior official is going to go in front of Congress and say, ‘We have no idea what he has, because the N.S.A.’s auditing of systems holding hundreds of millions of Americans’ data is so negligent that any high-school dropout can walk out the door with it?’

On his political leanings:

I’d describe my political thought as moderate.

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Vogue KimYe Cover Selling Well

The April issue of Vogue — featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in what appeared to be a David’s Bridal ad on the cover — is selling quite well. According to The New York Post, the issue is on pace to sell between 300,000 and 400,000 copies.

While those aren’t record-setting numbers, they’re not bad either. For some context, the March 2013 issue of Vogue, with Beyoncé on the cover, sold 355,000 copies. The April issue, with Michelle Obama gracing the front, sold a little under 300,000.

That’s some good company, especially considering all the hate the cover received from various “celebrities,” who should probably check themselves. We’re looking at you, Sarah Michelle Gellar. When your career peaks with a TV show about teenage vampire hunters who call themselves the “Scooby Gang,” you don’t get to make fun of anybody.

What AARP The Magazine is Looking for in a Personal Essay

Personal-Essay-Market-Personal essays allow writers to share some of the intimate details of their life with the world, and this can be a cathartic and rewarding experience. It can also be quite lucrative, if you pitch to the right pubs.

In Part I of our newly updated Personal Essay Markets series, we’ve compiled a diverse list of 15 markets that are eager for first-person material from freelancers. Editors from each pub told us exactly they’re looking for. Here’s a sneak peek:

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The crucial ingredient in essays for AARP is that they must offer fresh insight into an aspect of life after 50. Style and emotional heft are also important.
Length: 1,200-1,500 words
Pay: $2 a word
Assigning editors: Margaret Guroff or David Dudley, FirstInitialLastName@AARP.org
Guroff’s advice: ”Originality is key. Certain life events, such as caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, inspire many more great essays than we could ever hope to publish. We’re looking for the compelling reads and universal truths in unusual, extreme or common-but-little-discussed life experiences.”

To get similar info on publications like BUST, Elle and American Baby, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part I.

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Miley Cyrus Graces Cover of Two Hearst Titles

Everyone loves Miley Cyrus. At least in the women’s magazine world. That appreciation has led two Hearst titles — Elle and Seventeen — to go with Cyrus centric covers for their May issues.

This isn’t that groundbreaking. After all, Cyrus moves magazines (Cosmo’s March 2013 cover featuring the tongue wagging singer sold over one million copies). However, there is a bit of drama. According to WWD, Elle’s cover is Miley approved, while Seventeen’s is not.

The reason Cyrus denied Seventeen is simple: She’s trying to create an image of herself as a respectable and sophisticated adult pop star. This is why Cyrus does things like post a video of herself fake beating up someone portraying Avril Lavigne, with a caption that eloquently explains, “F*ck dat Canadian bitch Avril Lavigne.” It’s all part of the plan.

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LPGA Stars Score Paulina Gretzky Golf Digest Cover as a Bogey

The folks at Golf Digest insist that putting a celebrity like Paulina Gretzky on the cover is nothing new. In fact, just a few months ago, Kate Upton was fronting the December 2013 issue alongside Arnold Palmer.

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But via New York Times sportswriter Karen Crouse, several LPGA stars have expressed their disappointment with this latest example of media-business-as-usual:

“It’s frustrating for female golfers,” said two-time Major winner Stacy Lewis. “It’s kind of the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get respect for being the golfers that we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines. But at the same time you’d like to see a little respect for the women’s game…”

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University Professor Angered by Time Magazine Washington Mudslide Coverage

DrHarvardAyersAmong those still subscribing to the print edition of Time is Dr. Harvard Ayers (pictured), professor emeritus of anthropology at Appalachian State University. And apparently, he was none too thrilled with the publication’s coverage of the horrific mudslide in Oslo, WA.

From a blog post by local resident, writer-photographer Subhankar Banerjee:

[In the email to me], Ayers writes: ‘It made me visibly angry to read Time magazine’s coverage of the Washington landslide in this week’s magazine. All Nature, no mention of Homo Sapiens’ responsibility (logging and climate change as we know).’

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Earn $1 a Word at Culture and Foodie Mag Saveur

saveur-articleAlthough Saveur is a foodie pub with plenty of competition (names like Bon Appétit, Food & Wine and Every Day with Rachael Ray come to mind), the mag distinguishes itself with its varied content, authentic storytelling and literary writing.

The pub is 70 percent freelance written (50 percent for its online counterpart), and because of the small number of staff writers, editors are eager to recruit quality freelancers who can stick around for the long haul:

“Once we’re working with somebody, if we’ve had a good experience with them, we’re happy to have them continue to pitch us and we will even start reaching out to them,” [said executive editor Betsy Andrews]. More seasoned freelancers can score features ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 words. Biographies as well as the wine and cellar sections (500 to 1,300 words) are also within freelance reach.

To hear more about the mag, including editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: Saveur.

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High Times Rides the Legalization Wave

High Times is enjoying the buzz of marijuana legalization. Thanks to the country slowly realizing that getting blunted is no worse than getting drunk, High Times’ circulation and advertising have both dramatically increased.

It’s not just the magazine that’s enjoying the legal smoking. The glossy’s website, which used to get under a million visitors, is now getting three million. High Times’ yearly Cannabis Cup is also expected to be bigger than ever. About 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the event held (of course) April 20.

As a High Times shareholder explained to The New York Post, ”Everything has exploded.”

Imagine how the snack industry feels.

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