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Lena Dunham Makes Like a Statue

The headlines rolling out of the online preview of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine “Culture Issue” cover story by Meghan Daum have been pun-tastic. Perez Hilton thinks the Girls star is “Totally STONED,” while Refinery29 contributor Lauren Le Vine notes that Dunham got “Busted.”

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The New York Times has a more civilized way of describing this weekend’s cover. Most of the credit for this one belongs to the publication’s design director:

Jake Silverstein, the magazine’s editor, wanted to evoke classical art. The magazine’s design director, Gail Bichler, suggested turning Dunham into a sculpture, and Joanna Milter, deputy photo editor, had an idea for the artist to take that on: Victoria Diehl, a Spanish photographer who creates haunting hybrids of flesh and stone by melding images of human models and classical marble statues.

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Kate Lanphear Named Editor of Maxim

maxim logo GKate Lanphear — yes, a woman — has been named the new editor-in-chief of Maxim. Lanphear comes to the magazine from T: The New York Times Style Magazine, where she served as style director. Prior to her time at T, Lanphear served as Elle’s style director for four years.

The decision to hire Lanphear to run the most dude bro magazine of all time is interesting, to say the least. According to WWD, during her time at Elle, Lanphear “became a recognizable street style star.” What does that mean for Maxim? Well, we’re not quite sure, since we’re not really clear on what a “street style star” is or does. However! WWD makes it sound important, so perhaps Lanphear is going to try and class the joint up a bit.

This is just the latest noteworthy addition to the glossy since Sardar Biglari purchased it in March. In July, Kevin Martinez left Details to join Maxim as its publisher.

Is Maxim as we know it dead? And what will the new Maxim look like? Keep an eye out for its March issue. That will be the first one under Lanphear’s leadership.

Macworld Folds, Most Staffers Laid Off

Well this is some unfortunate timing. One day after Apple announced two new iPhones and an incredibly ugly watch that no one needs, 9to5 Mac reports that Macworld magazine — which has covered Apple since 1984 — is folding.

Macworld.com will continue on, albeit with a smaller — and seemingly completely new — staff.

Many of Macworld’s veterans tweeted the sad news. Senior VP and editorial director Jason Snell announced he was out after 17 years. Dan Miller, editor of Macworld, said that he would be with the magazine for another month to “assist with the transition” to a digital-only product.

Dan Frakes, a senior editor who was also laid off, maybe put it best when he tweeted “If you’re looking for fantastic writers and editors, there are many available today. I’ve never worked with a more talented group of people.”

Vogue Says it’s Okay to Like Big Butts Now

In what can only be described as an attempt to sound as out-of-touch as possible, Vogue has announced that “We’re officially in the era of the big booty.

The magazine claims that the era began with Kim Kardashian’s groundbreaking idiot tour, Keeping up With The Kardashians, in 2007. ”It made the entire clan famous, of course, but Kardashian’s behind was the real star, and was frequently employed as a plot device,” explained the glossy.

Vogue also insists that Instagram made booty a desirable trait, and even oddly highlights Miley Cyrus — a woman with zero, perhaps even negative booty — as someone pioneering this movement. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so scarily wrong. Disrespecting the booty is not a laughing matter.

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AllRecipes to Increase Rate Base by 40 Percent

Apparently people enjoy cooking. A lot. AllRecipes, the print spin0ff of Allrecipes.com that was launched last year, is increasing its rate base by 40 percent.

Beginning with the October/November issue, AllRecipes will jump from 650,000 to 900,000. This is the magazine’s second bump. When it launched, its rate base was a mere 500,000.

As you might expect, the AllRecipes team is excited about the news. “Our goal at Allrecipes magazine is to make cooking fun for our 5.4 million readers,” said the glossy’s editor-in-chief, Cheryl Brown, in a statement. “Reader engagement is at an all-time high, and we’re thrilled to offer premium content across the Allrecipes brand in print, digital, broadcast and mobile.”

This just goes to show you that print isn’t dead as along as you’ve got a product that people care about.

Kim Kelleher Named Publisher of Wired [Updated]

The wait to find out who will be Wired’s new publisher is over. Breathe people! According to The New York Post, Condé Nast is expected to give the job to Kim Kelleher, the former Say Media president. Kelleher was president of Say Media from August of 2012 to November of 2013.

Kelleher will be succeeding Howard Mittman, who left the magazine last Friday to join GQ as its new publisher when Chris Mitchell shifted to Vanity Fair.

This will mark a return to Condé for Kelleher, as she previously served as Self’s VP and publisher. Kelleher also served as Sports Illustrated’s publisher and Time’s worldwide publisher. She was named Ad Age’s publisher of the year in 2011.

We’ve reached out to Condé for confirmation on Kelleher’s appointment. We’ll update when we hear back.

Update (7:00 pm):
It’s official, per a Condé release.

Esquire Puts ‘Falling Man’ Article Behind Paywall to Benefit Memorial Fund

Esquire is placing its “Falling Man” piece — about AP photographer Richard Drew’s image of an unidentified man falling from the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks — behind a paywall to benefit the James Foley Memorial Fund.

Readers who navigate to the piece will be asked to donate $2.99 or more. There is also the option to bypass the donation completely. Tom Junod, who penned the Falling Man article, wrote a new intro connecting the iconic photo with Foley — one of two journalists beheaded by ISIS. 

According to Ad Age, the goal of the paywall is to raise about $200,000, enough to offer a four-year scholarship to a student to attend Marquette’s Diederich College of Communication.

This NFL Owner Was a ‘Reporter’s Dream’

DonVanNattaJrTwitterProfilePicDon Van Natta Jr.‘s latest long-read is another winner. Cleverly Texas-titled “Jerry Football,” the ESPN magazine feature article goes deep in an effort to understand what makes Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tick.

Forbes blogger Eric Jackson has followed up with Van Natta Jr. (pictured) to get some insight about the Jerry Jones reporting process. The senior ESPN writer told Jackson one aspect of the mission made it easy:

“When you ask Jerry Jones a question, you get a gusher of words (and sometimes emotions) delivered in an unfiltered way,” says Van Natta Jr. “In that respect, he’s a reporter’s dream.”

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Chris Brown Gives Billboard Understatement of The Year

Maybe you were out of control when you beat Rihanna, Chris. Maybe.

Let’s Guess Which Magazine Will Hire Jill Abramson

In an interview during the Code/Media conference, Jill Abramson — everyone’s former New York Times executive editor — once again discussed her ouster. Since we’ve all heard about that oh, about 434,932 times by now, let’s focus on something much more interesting — Abramson’s future.

Abramson told Recode that she was itching to get back to being a reporter and had magazines on her mind. “I would like to be working at the highest quality kind of magazine,” she said. So which magazine might that be? It would have to be a newsy glossy, and it would have to be one Abramson wouldn’t see as a step down in her career. Here are some that would make sense:

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