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Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair Enable Bono’s ‘Editor’ Addiction

A few notes from today’s piece by David Carr on Vanity Fair and its enabling of Bono‘s burgeoning career as a high-profile guest editor. (Bono guest-edited the London Independent last fall, was the first-ever guest editor of Libération and owns a minority stake in Forbes.)

  • Annie Leibovitz appears to have shot the Bono meeting in Carter’s office for the Times.
  • Carter on Bono: “I think there isn’t one editor in the world who would not pay attention if Bono pulled up and said he wanted to edit a magazine.”
  • Bono wants to make Vanity Fair a hit record. Or the best-selling issue of Vanity Fair.
  • Finally, what we’d imagine is an increasingly common Bono segue, deftly changing the subject from Forbes to African poverty: “I don’t want to talk about Forbes right now, but I will say this: One of the things that I have learned of in Africa is the crucial role that commerce will play in taking its people out of extreme poverty. Everyone talks about China being the next big thing, but if you spend any time in the bars or hotels in Africa, you see a lot of Chinese doing deals there. There is tremendous opportunity there.”
  • Citizen Bono Brings Africa to Idle Rich [NYT]
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