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Time Celebrates 90 Years

Time turns 90 this week. To celebrate, the magazine has a slew of offerings, including a slideshow/history lesson as taught by Time, an interactive cover feature (tweet your favorite and it’ll show up here) and some birthday advice from Joel Stein.

“For me, 90 is not so much a milestone but evidence that for nine decades Time is always new, always of the moment,” Rick Stengel, managing editor of Time, writes in this week’s issue. “We have to be because we cover the way the world is changing and that never stops.”

Happy birthday Time. Thanks for sticking around and not doing more covers like the one shown here.

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Janice Min Tweets Out Her Fall Book Tour

Janice Min is no dummy. With a new book to promote, the editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter has finally started to make use of a personal Twitter account (@janicebmin) that lay dormant for many months.

Min officially joined the Twitter revolution September 17, one day before the release of her beauty tips compendium How to Look Hot in a Minivan:

From there, Min quickly moved on in NYC to Wendy Williams and Inside Edition, accompanied by her third, newborn child Lila. More recently, it was back to the east coast for an appearance on Rachael Ray, followed by an LA sit-down with The Talk gang. And so on.

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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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Ryan Gosling is TIME‘s ‘Coolest Person of the Year’

In the shadow of TIME magazine’s anointment of the generic protester as 2011′s “Person of the Year,”columnist Joel Stein has engineered his very own personal side-honor category.

After careful consideration, Stein decided that the combined impact of four very different movies and bravura personal behavior outweighed such troublesome downsides as Canadian origins, a Mouseketeer connection and some homeschooling. As a result, Ryan Gosling is his choice for “Coolest Person of the Year:”

We have no idea how Gosling will deal with this honor. A tattoo seems like the obvious way to go, though a commemorative diorama would probably be good enough for a spot on Access Hollywood. But that’s not why we pick a Coolest Person of the Year. We do it for the journalism.

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Digital Royalty Relocating to Santa Monica

Her name is Amy Jo Martin (pictured). She’s 32-years-old, attended Arizona State University and once did PR for the Phoenix Suns.

These days, per a fun Business Week profile by Joel Stein, the founder and CEO of Digital Royalty makes her living as a social media strategist. Her initial calling card was Shaquille O’Neal, currently closing in on 4.5 million Twitter followers. But DR has become so much bigger than the Great Aristotle, deciding as a result to relocate from the desert to a California ocean view:

At one point, in October of last year, nine of the ten trending topics on Twitter were related to her clients. The two-year-old company does in the “mid-seven figures” in annual billings, which are up 525 percent in 2011…

She employs 15 people (mostly young, mostly women, mostly pretty) and is looking to hire at least five more. She’s moving all of them, the fleet of Digital Royalty-branded bikes, and the company’s CDO (“chief dog officer”) from Phoenix to Santa Monica.

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Slate’s Tom Scocca Also Notes Joel Stein is Not Funny

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This just in from the Obvious Files: Joel Stein is pronounced not funny. This time it was Tom Scocca at Slate.com. It was due to some unfunny thing an unfunny person like unfunny Joel Stein wrote. Unfunny? Unfunny. In 2008 John Brady observed the same thing in Folio about Stein.

We compared Stein and Lewis Black sharing a stage at a WGA event that year to be like Michael Caine and Dustin Diamond on the same panel.

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FishbowlDC: How to tell if your assignment editor hates you: he asked you to fact check a story about the first dog pooping on Air Force One.

Forbes New York Times Magazine columnist and food52 founder Amanda Hesser questions Gourmet‘s relevancy.

Daily News: Tonight, classical music radio station WQXR (96.3 FM) will swap spots with Spanish music station La Kalle at 105.9 FM.

Time: Joel Stein tries to show up Sarah Palin by writing a quickie memoir with the help of ghostwriter Neil Strauss. “We both figured it was going to take a lot of searching to find anything interesting about my life, but within half an hour I was unabashedly thrilled by my own adventures,” Stein writes. “Far stranger, Strauss was too. In addition to superfast writing and the ability to mimic other people’s voices, his artistic gift is that he finds everything interesting.”

Gays Listen to Joel Stein

DayWithoutAGayLogo.jpg Today is Call in Gay Day. It was an idea floated by our example for what’s rarely funny, LAT columnist Joel Stein.

Yes, in his column he suggested that those that disagree with Prop. 8 should not go to work or bars for one day:

That’s why I’m declaring Dec. 5 No Gays for a Day day. Patterned after the 2006 Great American Boycott organized by Latino immigrants, on that Friday, gays should stay home from work, school and do no shopping, to prove how crucial they are to American society. No Gays for a Day will demonstrate what it would be like if — as so much of the non-coastal U.S. seems to desire — gays just disappeared.

And lo and behold – here we are – with Call in Gay Day.

Such a bad precedent. A slippery slope. Listening to anything Joel Stein says. Shudder.

LAT In 90 Seconds

41944255-29110756.jpgCrossing The Dateline: In this Charles Piller report about how, as governor, Sarah Palin gave more than 100 jobs to friends, donors and relatives without any regard to qualifications, Piller starts off with this dateline: “Reporting from Anchorage.” Is that a new LAT style? We kinda like it, but in this age of brevity, why ditch the classic “ANCHORAGE –” dateline we all know and love?

42968486-18184706.jpgCarina Chocano, Will You Marry Us? A graph from her review of Synecdoche, New York: “A synecdoche, for those unversed in the poetic tropes, is a figure of speech by which a part stands in for the whole, or the whole stands in for a part, or the general stands in for the specific, or vice versa. It’s a lilting play on the name of the town of Schenectady, N.Y., where the movie’s hero, a melancholy regional theater director named Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), lives with his painter wife, Adele ( Catherine Keener), and their 4-year-old daughter, Olive (Sadie Goldstein). It hints at the artistic and existential obsessions that come to stand in for the life of an unhappy artist who blankets his life with his work, struggles mightily to understand the first by way of the second, and loses an ability to distinguish between the two. And it makes an irrefutable case for the universality of the individual human experience.”

15404ddd940.jpgFrosty With That Ballot? Joel Stein calls out publicist Julia Cohen for registering to vote at nearly midnight at a local Wendy’s. Get ready for a world of spam, Joel.

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