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Kate Upton Graces Cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary Issue

Here’s a 180 degree turn from this morning’s tale of PTSD via modeling: Kate Upton gracing the cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary issue. Upton was photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Vanity Fair as we know it has only been published since 1983, but that’s just semantics. If the glossy wants to consider its starting point the same as Dress & Vanity Fair’s (1913), then so be it. Who are we to argue? Plus, Kate Upton.

In addition to Upton, Vanity Fair pulled out all the stops for its 100th birthday. Starting tomorrow a slew of features will be available at vanityfair.com, and inside the issue are pieces penned by Laura HillenbrandBill Maher, Dave Eggers, Kurt Andersen, Lorne Michaels, Robert Stone, Jan Morris and more.

Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary issue hits newsstands September 5.

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Bill Simmons’ Grantland Launches, Replete With Obnoxious Subway Ads

Unlike many around the Interwebz, we’re not Bill Simmons haters. We read every column, think he’s entertaining and we too enjoy the Real World/Road Rules Challenge from time to time. So we were excited for today’s launch of Grantland, Simmons’ new sports/pop culture site which has attracted the writing talents of some serious heavy hitters, including Malcolm Gladwell, Chuck Klosterman and Dave Eggers. And we still are excited. Today’s debut has original pieces by Simmons, Klosterman and New York Times writer Jonathan Abrams among others.

But, forgetting content for a moment, at first glance there’s something that needs addressing: the ridiculously tacky ads. Simmons and his podcast have a longstanding relationship with Subway. Still, we were a little surprised to see a small banner at the top corner noting that the site is “presented by Subway” (it also seems to alternatively be “presented by Klondike”). For a site that aspires to the greatness of Spy, that’s pretty shameless. The LA Times took flack for putting ads on its front page. What if the whole operation was sponsored by AEG? Wouldn’t look so good, right?

We get that in order to bring writers like Gladwell aboard you have to pay the bills. But come on. This was supposed to be Simmons’ edgy realm, unbound by the constraints of his more commercial ESPN ventures.

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Details Emerge on Bill Simmons’ Website

Love him or hate him, Bill Simmons is a name writers know. And now that he is launching his own website – called Grantland – he’s going to be even more prevalent than ever before. Before going further, if you’re a hater, we suggest you stop reading now. The all-star lineup of writers he has assembled is only going to make you hate him even more.

According to ESPN, Grantland – named after Grantland Rice, a legend in the sports journalism world – will not only house all of Simmons’ columns and podcasts, but also a slew of columns, blogs and long-form features from contributors.

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Dave Eggers’ Inflamatory Onion Interview

Dave Eggers_1.2.jpgYou know that it’s a slow news day (except for those at CES liveblogging, of course) when the biggest scandal to hit the Web since Monday is a Dave Eggers‘ interview with The Onion‘s A.V. Club. Oh my, did he twee someone to death?

Not quite: Eggers, whose most recent project post-Where The Wild Things Are has been The San Francisco Panorama (a giant $16 glossy version of McSweeney’s that will hopefully usher back the era of print, at least in literary discussions), provoked some major criticism for his quotes in the article, where he lambastes his former employer, The San Francisco Weekly, and called the print business model “so simple.” Yikes.

The Weekly fought back, calling Eggers’ poo-pooing of third party advertisers in newspapers “too tidy” and remarking, “Could it be that Eggers is lying about his supposed proclivity for reading newspapers? Did he bump his head and forget that he worked for one that ran on an all-advertising model?”

We know that while McSweeney’s, Wholphin, The Believer, and other Eggers projects try to retain the image of being too smart for conventional methods, The Weekly may have a point. You can’t rely on your readers to shell out more money for a product before you demonstrate that it’s superior to everything else out there. And even once you do, as National Public Radio has shown us, there’s no guarantee you’re going to start seeing profits.

Read More: Dave Eggers on his favorite things about newspapers –A.V. Club

Purported Newspaper Lover Dave Eggers Coy About Newspapering PastSan Franciso Weekly

Eggers in the Onion; Weekly not Laughing –BayNewser

Previously: McSweeney’s Launches Print Project, Panorama

McSweeney’s Launches Print Project, Panorama

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Our sister site Baynewser sat down recently to interview McSweeney’s ‘s publisher Oscar Villalon about their print newspaper project, San Francisco Panorama, which is the latest issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly. Villalon says he hopes the project will reinvigorate the newspaper business:

“There’s plenty of inspiration within newspapers. We’re kind of hoping the Panorama becomes a touchstone for folks, reminding them, ‘Those ideas you had? They are good ideas, and this is how they might look like.’”

But will people pay $16 for this latest project?

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Dave Eggers Interview with New York Mag

wildside090831_2_198.jpgGo on and read the whole interview by Logan Hill…it’s worth it.

We like how Dave Eggers got the gig. It’s every fanboy’s ultimate fantasy:

How did you hook up with Spike Jonze?

I wrote him a fan letter for Being John Malkovich. And I was a longtime worshipper of Maurice. I grew up wanting to be a writer and illustrator of children’s books – I still have a lot of books I did as a kid. So it was a ridiculous combination: I was a fanboy of both.

Proof flattery will get you everywhere.

(Photo: Maria Laura Antonelli/Rex USA)

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  • Craigslist’s sevenues may reach $100 million this year- WebNewser

  • New York Times draws ire for use of anonymous sources- FishbowlNY
  • Dave Eggers completes nonfiction book about Hurricane Katrina- GalleyCat
  • Facebook about to launch vanity URLs- BayNewser
  • USA Today to charge for E-Edition- MediaJobsDaily
  • Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • Pimp your tweets- BayNewser

  • ESPN The Magazine hopes to score with pay web site- FishbowlNY
  • CNN’s Rick Sanchez calls out Bill O’Reilly- TVNewser
  • Dave Eggers sends soothing mass email- GalleyCat
  • NEED magazine launches “Screw The Man” anti-ad campaign- MediaJobsDaily
  • Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak Turns 80 and the 92 St Y Celebrates

    CH25-image1.gifDid you know yesterday was Maurice Sendak day? No? Well you are forgiven since it was actually the inaugural holiday, as proclaimed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at last night’s 92 St Y event in honor of Sendak’s 80th birthday.

    The sold-out celebration featured a star-studded line-up of self-confessed Sendak fans reading and singing from his work. Some of the highlights included Spike Jonze, who showed a clip from his upcoming adaption of Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Meryl Streep, who gave an Oscar-worthy reading of The Note on Rosie’s Door, and Dave Eggers who shared an excerpt from his upcoming novel called “Wild Things,” which according to him is a story about the screenplay he helped write (in real life with Spike Jonze) about the book Where the Wild Things Are. Catherine Keener read from an acceptance speech Sendak gave when he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, in which he spoke about both his love of New York and of classical music. Keener finished off by offering Sendak the same wishes her own son had written to her in his last birthday card: I love you as much as a book loves it reader.

    Sadly, it turns out due to a stalled 4 train FBNY missed the night’s opening: a reading of Where the Wild Things Are in Yiddish! However we were in time to catch James Gandolfini read In the Night Kitchen — “I’m in the milk and the milk’s in me!” — which you can also enjoy after the jump. Sendak himself closed out the evening with heartfelt thanks before remarking that nothing had changed in his 80 years except the miracle of reaching 80. He added that a lot of dim, nightmarish characters had been entering the American scene of late and that he hoped none of them had read his books as a child, because if they had “I have failed completely.” Gandolfini and The Night Kitchen after the jump.

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    McSweeney’s Out $130,000

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    Can you spot Dave $130,000?

    Critically-acclaimed books about child soldiers aside, it’s a bad time to be Dave Eggers.

    McSweeney’s, Eggers’ acclaimed quarterly, just announced that they have lost $130,000 since their distributor, Publishers Group West, filed for bankruptcy this past December. The publisher (McSweeney’s, The Believer) is in a tight spot and is currently selling their backlist for 50% off and auctioning off rare items (including a Dave Eggers portrait of George W. Bush as a double amputee) on eBay. Publishers Group West was America’s largest independent book distributor and McSweeneys is feeling the hurt:

    As you may know, it’s been tough going for many independent publishers, McSweeney’s included, since our distributor filed for bankruptcy last December 29. We lost about $130,000 — actual earnings that were simply erased. Due to the intricacies of the settlement, the real hurt didn’t hit right away, but it’s hitting now. Like most small publishers, our business is basically a break-even proposition in the best of times, so there’s really no way to absorb a loss that big.

    Even $130,000 hurts for true Believers.

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