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Time Named 2012 Magazine of The Year

Time magazine was named 2012 Magazine of The Year by the ASME at last night’s Ellies. Time is the third title to win the award; Glamour won in 2010 and National Geographic won last year.

We’re sure the Time team is celebrating (yes, still), because it beat out some heavy hitters — such as Esquire, New York and The New Yorker — to take home the coveted award.

The rest of the winners are listed below. Congrats to all. Have a beer or six to celebrate.

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Vanity Fair Memorializes Christopher Hitchens

On Friday afternoon, Vanity Fair and a slew of guests gathered to celebrate the late and great Christopher Hitchens. According to WWD, a few of those in attendance included Graydon CarterAnna Wintour, Salman Rushdie, Sean Penn, David Remnick, Tina Brown, Stephen Fry and Steve Kroft.

Excerpts from Hitchens’ works were read by many, but Fry probably had the quote of the afternoon. According to Fry, Hitchens thought that “The four most overrated things in life are Champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.” Fry then added, “Three out of four isn’t bad.”

For more about the celebration, click through.

National Magazine Award Finalists Unveiled

More awards! The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has unveiled the 2012 National Magazine Award finalists, and leading the way are two fantastic titles — New York and The New Yorker — each nominated for six Ellies. All those accusing the ASME of having a New York bias please start your bitching now.

As for the rest of you, the winners will be announced on May 3, so stay tuned. Also, finalists for the Magazine of The Year will be revealed Thursday. Below is a list of the finalists. Congrats to all.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE, PRINT

General-Interest Magazines
Bloomberg Businessweek; GQ; New York; The New Yorker; Vice

Women’s Magazines
Glamour; More; O, The Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; W

Lifestyle Magazines
Bon Appetit; Country Living; Garden & Gun; House Beautiful; Texas Monthly

Active- and Special-Interest Magazines
The Fader; Field & Stream; Inc.; Men’s Health; Popular Mechanics

Thought-Leader Magazines
The American Scholar; Aperture; IEEE Spectrum; The New Republic; Virginia Quarterly Review

DESIGN

Bloomberg Businessweek; GQ; Interview; New York; Wired

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Christopher Hitchens’ Last Vanity Fair Piece: A Look at Dickens

For his last piece in Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens shows his appreciation for Charles Dickens and his works. Hitchens writes about the various characters in Dickens’ books, how he wasn’t exactly fond of America, but that didn’t matter because we fell in love with him, and — if it’s possible — one sentence to sum up Dickens’ writings:

‘Whatever you do—hang on to your childhood!’ He was true to this in his fashion, both in ways that delight me and in ways that do not. He loved the idea of a birthday celebration, being lavish about it, reminding people that they were once unborn and are now launched. This is bighearted, and we might all do a bit more of it.

For fans of Hitchens and Dickens, this final article is a bit of a present itself.

Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

Christopher Hitchens died late last night, after battling esophageal cancer since last year. He was 62-years-old. Hitchens wrote for a wide variety of publications — including The Nation, Slate and The Atlantic — but he is probably most known for his many works that appeared in Vanity Fair, which he contributed to since 1992.

According to Vanity Fair, he died amongst friends:

‘My chief consolation in this year of living dyingly has been the presence of friends,’ he wrote in the June 2011 issue. He died in their presence, too, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. May his 62 years of living, well, so livingly console the many of us who will miss him dearly.

“There will never be another like Christopher,” said Graydon Carter. “A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar. Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”

Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

Essayist Christopher Hitchens has died of pneumonia, stemming from his battle with esophageal cancer. He was 62. Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, who worked with Hitchens for nearly two decades, was the first to pen an obit.

A choice graph:

Christopher was one of the first writers I called when I came to Vanity Fair in 1992. Six years before, I had called on him to write for Spy. That offer was ever so politely rejected. The Vanity Fair approach had a fee attached, though, and to my everlasting credit, he accepted and has been writing for the magazine ever since. With the exception of Dominick Dunne (who died in 2009), no writer has been more associated with Vanity Fair. There was no subject too big or too small for Christopher. Over the past two decades he traveled to just about every hot spot you can think of. He’d also subject himself to any manner of humiliation or discomfort in the name of his column. I once sent him out on a mission to break the most niggling laws still on the books in New York City. One such decree forbade riding a bicycle with your feet off the pedals. The photograph that ran with the column, of Christopher sailing a small bike through Central Park with his legs in the air, looked like something out of the Moscow Circus. When he embarked on a cause of self-improvement for a three-part series, he subjected himself to myriad treatments to improve his dental area and other dark regions. At one point I suggested he go to a well-regarded waxing parlor in town for what they indelicately call the “sack, back, and crack.” He struggled to absorb the full meaning of this, but after a few seconds he smiled a nervous smile and said, “In for a penny . . . ”

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National Magazine Awards Roundup: New York, National Geographic Among the Big Winners

Last night’s ASME National Magazine Awards had more than a few surprises. The evening began with a cocktail hour for a change, where FishbowlNY had drinks with Graydon Carter, Bethenny Frankel, David Copperfield, and other media celebrities milling around the red carpet. We caught up with a few nominees, such as the editor of Audobon magazine: “We’ve been nominated for 5 years,” he told us, “and we haven’t won once. I wasn’t going to attend, but then I thought, what if we win this year?”

They didn’t. Oh, well! Some other choice quotes: we heard from Bethenny Frankel that she always reads her magazine coverage in nail salons, because she is medicated on planes.

The evening began on a somber note, with Graydon Carter acknowledging the many journalists who had died or been detained while reporting in war areas, and presenting a slideshow of the work of Vanity Fair contributor Tim Hetherington, who died in Misrata, Libya.

But the mood lightened as the awards were announced. Some of the big winners of the night were New York Times Magazine, New York, and National Geographic, each taking home a couple of awards, with National Geographic jubilantly winning “Magazine of the Year.”

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The New Yorker Talks

As you might have read, FishbowlNY loves end-of-the-year lists, and this morning we’ve got a good one to share with you: The New Yorker has gathered the best of its Talk of The Town section, complete with excerpts and links (some require a subscription to view) to each piece.

It’s truly a list that has something for everyone, with articles on the rebirth of Pee-Wee, a high-end clothing store for short people, and Christopher Hitchens hanging out with Salman Rushdie. Oh and of course, what would a New York-centric collection of writing be without a piece on James Franco? Less annoying? Well, yeah.

Mancow Headed to WABC-AM

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Mancow Muller, known simply as Mancow, is bringing his high energy to New York.

Muller is taking over Sunday nights from 6-9 p.m. at 77 WABC.

“Mancow is a smart, savvy entertainer who jumps through the speakers,” WABC program director Laurie Cantillo tells FishbowlNY. “Mancow and John Batchelor are a Sunday night one-two punch to jump-start the work week.”

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who had been hosting a show in that time slot, will remain with Citadel-owned WABC.

“Rabbi Shmuley’s new role gives him the freedom to develop and bring WABC listeners even more exclusive on-air and on-line content,” Cantillo says.

Earlier this year, the Rabbi met with the Pope, traveled to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and broke the story of Wyclef Jean’s desire to run for president.

“We are mapping out more exciting projects with him, including this week’s blockbuster debate with Christopher Hitchens and exclusive interviews with Israeli leaders this fall,” Cantillo says.

Mancow will continue with his weekday morning show on the Talk Radio Network.

Election Endorsements: The Media Really Does Love Barack Obama

coverggs.obama.jpgFor those of you who follow politics regularly (and at this point that probably includes anyone who’s literate) it may feel like the op-ed pages of the nation’s newspapers have been endorsing one candidate or another for the past eighteen months. However! Get ready because the real presidential endorsements have only just begun.

You may not be surprised to hear that thus far Barack Obama is leading the media love-in race. E&P is reporting that Obama “won the day” yesterday by a 17-2 margin and is currently leading overall with 28 editorial endorsements to McCain-Palin’s 11. Even the traditional conservatives have been jumping ship in droves. Gawker notes that Christopher Hitchens is the latest to join Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, Andrew Sullivan (an early and ferocious adapter), Christopher Buckley, in giving Obama the nod.

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