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Ryan D’Agostino Named Editor-in-Chief of Popular Mechanics

Ryan D’Agostino has been named the new editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics. He comes to the magazine from Esquire, where he had been since 2006. D’Agostino most recently served as Esquire’s articles editor. D’Agostino is succeeding Jim Meigs, who is leaving Popular Mechanics after 10 years to work on a book.

While at Esquire, D’Agostino’s work was honored with two National Magazine Awards and a James Beard Award. He previously worked as a senior editor at Money, and is the author of Rich Like Them. His writing has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, New York and The New York Times.

In related news, David Granger, editor-in-chief of Esquire since 1997, will also serve as editorial director of Popular Mechanics.

“Ryan is not only a skilled editor and writer,” Granger said, in a statement. “He’s also an embodiment of the Popular Mechanics reader — doing renovations on a house that is more than a century old, keeping an aging pickup truck running and living at the intersection of humanity and technology. He’s got the passion that will redefine the authority of this brand to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

D’Agostino’s appointment is effective May 1.

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David Granger Discusses Changing Male Reader

David Granger has been editor-in-chief of Esquire since 1997. That’s one hell of a tenure. In 1997, people still cared about Marilyn Manson. That’s how long ago 1997 was. Because Granger has overseen the title for so long, he has insights into the magazine world that others don’t. Granger shared a few with Adweek, but below are our favorites.

How Esquire dealt with the post 9/11 environment:

Esquire’s role in that time has been to explore all of the issues, trivial and massively important. We’ve also been optimistic and forward-looking. Even though I worry about everything and am motivated principally by fear, I’m also deep down deeply optimistic.

On men caring about fashion and style:

If you look back to the beginning of the 20th century, men were deeply concerned [about their looks]. Look at fashion coverage in the 1930s. It was expected that a man was a little bit of a dandy. Throughout history, men have many times been really concerned with their outward appearance. So this isn’t an anomaly.

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Dishing With Countess LuAnn de Lesseps; Willie Geist and Lawrence O’Donnell Hold Court

lunch logoThe oppressive heat couldn’t keep the faithful away  from Michael’s today. I haven’t seen the place this crowded in ages as most tables were set for four (or more). In fact, the place was so jam packed that TV Guide magazine acting CEO and Wednesday regular Jack Kliger was seated in the Garden Room. Unlike a few people I could mention, Jack is far too cool to care  about something as petty as seating arrangements. Just like the rest of the crowd — not.

Carole Radziwill, one of the more recent additions to the cast of  The Real Housewives of New York City was first to arrive in the dining room today. The alarmingly thin socialite was sporting a curious furry accessory that was neither pet nor purse, sky-high platforms and a sweet flowered dress. Carole passed the time waiting for the rest of her party to arrive by taking pictures of the life-size sculptures of sheep that stand in the restaurant’s lounge. Alrighty then.

Speaking of Housewives, I was joined today by one of my favorite members of the franchise, LuAnn de Lesseps, who drove in from the Hamptons for our tete a tete. The statuesque former model (she’s 5’10″!) has always seemed like one of the more down to earth — and dare we say normal — Bravolebrities. She was all that and more. PR princess extraordinaire Catherine Saxton, who knows everyone who is anyone and is off to the south of France in a few days for the first of the big St. Tropez parties aboard Denise Rich‘s yacht, then go off to join Ivana Trump for her party in St. Tropez  before finally landing in Monte Carlo for a whirlwind of swanky dinners (Can we carry your luggage?), arranged for today’s ladies’ lunch. Between bites of crab cakes and salmon tartare, we chatted about LuAnn’s sixth season on RHNYC, her various projects and, of course, her love life. It’s no secret that LuAnn was one of the last ladies to sign on to the new season of the show. “I waited until I was happy with their offer,” she told me, dismissing rumors that the cast was banding together for salary increases. “Things were handled individually.” While she’s too polite to talk about such gauche topics as money — she did write the manners manual Class with the Countess: How to Live With Elegance and Flair, after all!  But she is upfront about her reasons for sticking with the show. “It’s a great platform.” All the better to ride the wave as long as you can, no? Mais oui! ”We didn’t expect it to last this long,” said LuAnn.

Catherine Saxton, Diane Clehane and LuAnn de Lesseps

Like most of the industrious Housewives set, LuAnn has managed to turn in her 15 minutes into a fledgling empire that includes her book, the record “Money Can’t Buy You Class” and several product lines like tabletop that includes melamine dinnerware and elegant bone china which is currently being sold on QVC and Amazon.com (“Inspired by my love of entertaining and my travels”). Next up is a collection of turquoise jewelry with Gem Stone King. “I love costume jewelry!” she said as she flashed a Wilma Flinstone-inspired pearl bracelet by Twisted. Clearly, the serious bling encased in gold on her finger today was the real thing. “Yes, it’s a star sapphire. This ring was designed by the same man who has done jewelry for Queen Elizabeth.” And not, I’m guessing, available on QVC.

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Esquire Supports SEAL Team 6 Piece

There’s a bit of a dustup happening regarding Esquire’s “The Shooter” piece, about the SEAL Team 6 member who shot Osama bin Laden. CNN quoted a SEAL as saying that the details given by the Shooter were “complete BS” and that he is not the man who shot Bin Laden. CNN’s SEAL claims that the “point man” in the raid on Bin Laden’s compound was the real shooter and that there were no guns within Bin Laden’s reach, as Esquire’s Shooter claimed.

While the details of CNN’s SEAL’s account match up more with those laid out in No Easy Day, written by another SEAL on the mission, Esquire’s editor-in-chief David Granger writes that he and the magazine stand by the Shooter’s account:

Yesterday, CNN issued a report that attempted to cast doubt on The Shooter’s account of the mission and on whether he was the man who was responsible for killing Osama bin Laden. To be clear: Esquire and Phil Bronstein, the veteran journalist and writer of the story, object to CNN’s report in the strongest possible terms. By stark contrast with Bronstein’s thoroughgoing 15,000 word report, the CNN story constitutes a mere act of assertion. As far as can be gleaned from the report, it is based on the opinion of one current SEAL who was not on the bin Laden mission and who therefore could not have first-hand knowledge of it. It is little more than gossip. Esquire’s story remains the most thoroughly reported account of the raid and of the death of Osama bin Laden.

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Esquire Uses Trailer for August Issue Because The World Needs More Trailers

There are trailers for albums, trailers for movies and trailers for trailers. Well, thanks to Esquire, you can now add trailers for magazines to that list. According to Adweek, Esquire is promoting its August issue with a trailer that will feature a taste of what’s to come.

David Granger, Esquire’s editor-in-chief, told Adweek, “We had so much extra video for August, so we wanted to put it to good use.” Unfortunately, this is not good use. There are too many trailers in our lives already. Adding another one won’t do anyone any good.

We love Esquire, but this is madness and it must be stopped before it becomes a trend in the industry. Granger said he’d phase them out if readers opposed, so please — please — write him and say you don’t like the idea.

We’d show you our email to him, but we’re still editing the trailer. SPOILER ALERT: The subject contains a frowning emoticon.

Good Luck, Council On Ethical Blogging and Aggregation

Simon Dumenco, a Media Reporter for Ad Age, has come up with something called the Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation (CEBA). The group, according to David Carr in The New York Times, was founded in the hopes of developing a proper way for bloggers and aggregaters to credit others’ writing. Dumenco told Carr that bloggers should not see the group as the enemy:

‘This is not an anti-aggregation group, we are pro-aggregation,’ Mr. Dumenco told me. ‘We want some simple, common-sense rules. There should be some kind of variation of the Golden Rule here, which is that you should aggregate others as you would wish to be aggregated yourself.’

As aggregators ourselves, we completely agree that there should be some sort of standard. But there’s a couple problems with the CEBA. Maybe the most troubling thing is that for a group developing rules for bloggers, there aren’t many bloggers taking part. Here’s the rundown of who has signed up so far:

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Charles Pierce Leaves The Boston Globe for Esquire

Charles Pierce, a writer for The Boston Globe since 2002, is leaving for a full time gig with Esquire’s political blog. Pierce has been a Contributing Editor for the magazine since 1997, but now he will be providing daily political posts in addition to features. Pierce said that the opportunity to comment on the country’s swirling political environment was too good to pass up.

“Ever since Norman Mailer followed Superman into the supermarket, Esquire has been at the forefront of explaining this complicated country’s complicated politics to its complicated self,” said Pierce. “Now, as we come into a presidential election, with a battered economy and two-and-a-half ongoing wars, and with one of our two major political parties seemingly succumbing to dementia, Esquire.com will bring that long tradition into a new era.  I look forward to helping make that process happen along with the talented stable of writers who also will contribute to the Politics Blog. And there will be fun. And snark.”

David Granger, Esquire’s Editor-in-Chief, was obviously excited about adding such a talented writer as Pierce. “Charlie is going to make Esquire.com’s ‘The Politics Blog’ one of the very few political blogs one has to read every day, all day,” he said.

Esquire to Launch Retail Website

David Granger, Editor-in-Chief of Esquire, told a crowd at the Publishing Business Conference and Expo that the magazine is readying an online retail site called Clad. According to eMedia, the site will offer men’s clothing, and attempt to bridge the gap between the pages of Esquire and shopping. Granger explains:

My motivation for doing this is simple: Magazines have already done one essential thing — we’ve made people want things, whether it’s a better life or better shoes … But for the hundreds of years that magazines have been around, magazines have stopped short on delivering that desire.

He didn’t offer up any specifics about Clad, but did say that it would be connected with “one of America’s largest retailers.”

What could that be? Well, Esquire isn’t one to flaunt the latest looks from Sears, so whichever company it is, it’ll be slightly upscale. J. Crew perhaps? If it’s anything more expensive than that we’ll be emailing the editors, “Hey, wrote about Clad and we love the tweed overalls, any chance for a discount?”

Tweed overalls are going to be everywhere next fall, by the way.

Preview Esquire‘s Augmented Reality

You may have to wait until next week to pick up Esquire‘s December issue featuring augmented reality from the newsstands, but you can get a sneak peek at what’s inside right now.

In the video above, from Esquire‘s augmented reality home page, editor-in-chief David Granger demonstrates some of the issue’s special features, including extra video clips from cover model Robert Downey Jr.

If you don’t already subscribe, will you be picking up the new Esquire? We’ll admit, we’re intrigued.

Earlier: Esquire Continues To Bring Multimedia To Print Issues

Esquire Continues To Bring Multimedia to Print Issues

MK-AZ169_advert_DV_20091028151855.jpgLast September, Esquire raised eyebrows with its release of an “E-ink” 75th anniversary cover, which featured a digital display on the front of the Hearst publication, as well as a digitized ad for Ford on the inside cover. Cheap gimmick or the future of print journalism?

Well, at least it wasn’t a one-time trick. A year later, Esquire is back with another attempt at bringing technology into print, instead of the other way around.

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