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Jane Folds

shes_so_jane_brandon_holley.jpgWe hear the same thing Radar is hearing: Condé Nast is folding Jane magazine. Staffers were informed this morning, according to multiple sources.

E-mails to editor Brandon Holley [left] have yet to be returned.

Holley took over the title from founding editor and namesake Jane Pratt, who left — or was pushed, depending who you ask — in 2005.

Newsstand sales were reportedly down, but according to the Publishers Information Bureau, ad revenue ($6.2 million, up from $4.5 million, a 40 percent) and pages were up (35.4 percent) through March.

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  • How Sassy Book Authors Conducted Research

    sassy_kurt_courtney.jpgMarisa Meltzer and Kara Jesella, the duo behind How Sassy Changed My Life, spent two years writing their ode to the late, great teen glossy that spawned the careers of editors-cum-personalities Jane Pratt (Jane), Christina Kelly (ElleGirl) and Kim France (Lucky) among others. But lest you think they spent that time chewing Bubblelicious and buying shoes, the pair did some serious research:

    Meltzer: We spent a few days in the New York Public Library, which has its “Teen Central,” in the branch across from MOMA. It has this loft where teens hang out, they play teen music, with a giant neon sign that says “Teen Central.” They have this room… It’s actually kind of cute because there are actually teens doing their homework — ok, they’re flirting, they aren’t really doing their homework, and they have this glass room where they have almost the entire Seventeen archives. I think October 1975 is missing, but everything else is there.

    Jesella: It’s funny because we found the ones from 1988, that were from right before Sassy launched, literally all stories were about getting married. It was like “How could this have existed?” Sassy did change things so dramatically, and it wasn’t totally clear until we saw what we had been reading before.

  • Book Keeping: Authors Uncover Sassy’s Rise and Fall [mediabistro.com]
  • Jane Says: ‘I’m Not Allowed To Say’ Anything About Gwen Stefani

    jane_tony.jpgFrom this week’s Time Out New York:

    TONY: That is so Jane. Do you miss print?
    Jane Pratt: No, but I can’t talk about it.

    TONY: Because you’re starting a new magazine with Gwen Stefani?
    Pratt: I’m not allowed to say! You can speculate if you want. I feel like I am working in print now.

    TONY: Do people still think you’re at Jane?
    Pratt: That’s the weirdest thing! Yeah. I constantly have girls saying to me, “Oh, you’re Jane from Jane.” It’s funny. My name is still on the masthead as founding editor.

    TONY: Do you ever read it these days?
    Pratt: I pick it up. There hasn’t been any issue that I haven’t at least looked at. When I wasn’t at Sassy anymore, that was really clear-cut. I didn’t read it: I didn’t want to support it in any way. This is more confusing. I want Jane to do well. It has my name on it.

    Pratt’s Sirius show airs Friday.

    Time‘s Redesign | Jane‘s Book | Eichenwald’s Defense | Ann Coulter’s Tipping Point | Dem’s Fox Fallout | Village‘s Outsider

    • Time: Redesign coming Friday. [NYP]
    • Times Eichenwald: Says he didn’t act unethically in $2,000 porn payment. [Marketwatch]
    • Voice Lesson: David Carr on the Village outsider. [NYT]
    • Has Ann Coulter: Hit her tipping point? [AP via ABC News]
    • Fallout: After Democrats shun Fox debate platform. [NYT]
    • Jane Pratt’s Last Days: Chronicled in assistant’s new book. [NYP]

    We’d Watch Love to Watch Dirt, but We Just Washed Our Hair

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    The year’s barely begun and yet the ick is already flowing. In Robin Abcarian’s piece on Dirt in the LA Times, she confides that show creator Matthew Carnahan calls Helen Hunt his “baby mama”. Home delivery should come with barf bags.

    Carnahan also gushed about the Sun’s Rebekah Wade, but claims to have never met Bonnie Fuller. He also said, in reference to the death of the Princess of Wales:

    I thought, now we are going to shift into something more elegant, more distanced, more objective, more human, boy was I wrong.

    Well yes, and he should be thrilled, as in a more elegant time, he’d be just another case of mistaken identity. In a wierd little twist, Ian Hart’s paparazzi character isn’t just a sleaze-bag with a telephoto lens, he’s also a schizophrenic, because what normal person could do that job? He’s called Don Konkey (Don Quixote, geddit?) so we’ll see his inner idealism (insert inevitable future reference to his failed career shooting war scenes and dead babies.)

    Courteney Cox, to study up for the taxing role of tabloid editor Lucy Spiller, hung out with close pal Jane Pratt. Such a serious thespian–let us know when she decides to play Natasha Cornett. The NY Times says she’s “strangely wooden and bland”–is she ever not?

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