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Smithsonian Goes Celebrity Route

Patrick Stewart GSmithsonian’s May issue is going to be different than any in its 44-year history. The New York Post reports that Internet darling Patrick Stewart will grace Smithsonian’s cover, marking the first time a celebrity has appeared on the title’s front.

The 73-year-old actor will also make an appearance at Smithsonian’s “The Future Is Here Festival,” a science centric conference that starts May 16.

Michael Caruso, Smithsonian’s editor since 2011, told the Post that while the Stewart cover is an abrupt change, “We won’t be doing celebs every issue.” Sorry, LeVar Burton.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Morning Media Newsfeed: García Márquez Dead at 87 | Whoopi Gets New Gig | Wallace Re-Signs

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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Laureate, Dies at 87 (GalleyCat)
Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday. He was 87 years old. Time The Nobel Prize-winning author was hospitalized for nine days in late March for an infection in his lungs and urinary tract. He had been recovering in his home in Mexico City since April 8. NYT His death was confirmed by Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers — Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them — who were embraced both by critics and a mass audience. The Guardian Journalists gathered outside García Márquez’s house in Mexico City in the hope that one of the family members who was reportedly at his side would emerge. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto expressed sadness at the death of “one of the greatest writers of our time,” in the name of Mexico, the novelist’s adopted home. Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda was quoted by the Mexican newspaper Reforma as saying that he was “the most important writer in Spanish of the 20th century.” WSJ Born in the sleepy town of Aracataca, Colombia, García Márquez was best known for his 1967 masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude. In a career spanning more than 60 years, García Márquez wrote some of the Spanish language’s most revered books, many of which became best sellers in the U.S. They included Autumn of The Patriarch, Chronicle of A Death Foretold, Love in The Time of Cholera and The General in His Labyrinth. García Márquez was also an accomplished journalist, whose lyrical, deeply reported stories first caught the eye of readers in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, in the early 1950s. He later became renowned not only his profiles of presidents and despots but for the real-life close ties he cultivated with leaders ranging from Fidel Castro to Bill Clinton to François Mitterrand.

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Project Thunderdome Officially Closes Its Doors

In spite of melancholy circumstances, staffers at the NYC headquarters for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome are having some fun on this, their final day. Here for example is the front of the internal farewell Web page, as shared on Twitter by project EIC Jim Brady:

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Further examples of the kind of humor that invariably courses through newsrooms can be found via the fast-moving Twitter-list stream of 51 Project Thunderdome departing members. Like this observation:

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Easily Annoyed | Incomplete Deck | General Likes

AllFacebook: You can now add “Traveling to” to your Facebook status update, just in case you were looking for more ways to annoy your friends.

FishbowlDC: Jay Carney said the reason he hasn’t finished watching House of Cards yet is because he has a f*cking job you losers.

PRNewser: If you “like” one of General Mills’ cereals on Facebook, you can never sue the company. It also bans you from bringing up your “honey nuts aren’t a real thing” discussion ever again.

NYT Parenting Columnist Tackles Marijuana Dilemma

RonLieberPicThe headline – “What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks” – at first almost seems like a gag. But on this 4/20-minus-three Thursday, New York Times parenting columnist Ron Lieber (pictured) is entirely serious:

Few mothers and fathers prepare themselves for a circumstance I’ve encountered twice in just the last month: What to do about a child who wants to buy stock in marijuana companies? Should the fact that we probably don’t want our children consuming the stuff mean that they shouldn’t try to make money off of it either?

Lieber offers three general directives for parents seeking to guide their progeny’s stock market picks. The reader comments to this one are definitely going to be worth watching; here’s some early reaction from mom Joanne:

I’d absolutely give my daughter supportive advice to invest in marijuana companies as I believe that it is time for the pox to be over regarding marijuana AND it is an enormous new business opportunity that will change the economics of our country. On the other hand, it’s most pharmaceutical companies that I would advise her against investing her money.

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Mental Floss Expands Digital Team

Mental Floss has made a few moves involving its digital team. Details are below.

  • Erin McCarthy has been promoted from deputy editor of digital to managing editor of digital. Before joining Mental Floss, McCarthy worked for Popular Mechanics. She’ll continue to report to Mental Floss’ editor, Jason English.
  • Nick Greene has been named McCarthy’s successor as deputy editor of digital. Greene comes to the magazine from The Village Voice.
  • Hannah Keyser joins Mental Floss as a staff writer. Keyser most recently served as a web editor for Honest Cooking and a writer for MLB.com.
  • Rebecca O’Connell has been named a web producer. O’Connell was most recently part of Mental Floss’ marketing team.
  • Josh Moore, previously Mental Floss’ associate art director, has joined the magazine’s digital team.

Guardian Dudette Salutes Bill & Ted’s Excellent Anniversary

ShutterstockKeanuReevesSpiritAwards2014We love this kind of essay.

Guardian writer Hadley Freeman was a tweenager when Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure forever in 1989 altered the course of time-travel-movies history. Twenty-five years later, in a newspaper telescoped forward by its own paradigm-challenging male duo (Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden), she recalls how she was smitten from the start:

I first came across the movie in 1990, when my mother rented it for me after I announced to her that I was deeply in love with Keanu Reeves and so would probably marry him (it was the early 90s, when it was the law for every heterosexual female under 35 to be in love with Reeves.)

My mother was extremely supportive of my new relationship (my father, on the other hand, never quite mastered the pronunciation of my fiance’s first name), so when I informed her that a mere rental was an insufficient token of my new relationship, she bought the video for me for the commitment-sealing sum of £9.99. My little sister and I duly watched that tape to ribbons.

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Nina Willdorf Named Editor of All You

Nina Willdorf has been promoted from executive editor of All You to editor. Willdorf had been executive editor of the title since May of 2012.

Prior to joining All You, Willdorf served as Budget Travel’s editor. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Glamour, New York, and Real Simple.

“Having played such a key creative role in reimagining All You on its numerous multi-media platforms, Nina is the ideal person to lead All You as it embarks on a period of rapid growth and innovation,” said Time Inc. group editor, Clare McHugh, in a statement. “I’m thrilled for Nina and even more thrilled for the brand.”

Willdorf will continue to report to McHugh.

Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated Wins

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Typically, we ask you to choose which magazine covers you like best, but this week we’re doing this differently.

The above is Sports Illustrated’s Boston Strong cover, which included about  3,000 Boston residents. When we learned that SI was asking the city’s residents to show up at the Boston Marathon finish line for a cover shoot, we figured it’d be a good one. It is, and that’s why we’re crowning SI this week’s champ.

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