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Harvey Weinstein, David Zinczenko and Peggy Siegal Throws Another Party

1003_mockup.gif‘Tis the season for power lunches disguised as holiday celebrations, and this afternoon at Michael’s it was SRO as the moguls (Harvey Weinstein, Tommy Mottola), a perennial party giver (Peggy Siegal and her indefatigable minions) and boldface names (Star Jones, Muffie Potter Aston) poured into the dining room for one head-spinning scene. While Bonnie Fuller and company shoe-horned 14 people comfortably into Table One, Peggy presided over a lunch for 34 in the Garden Room honoring “The Untouchables.” (Although I didn’t see them, I did spot — I think — Malcolm Gladwell and Stu Zakim in the crowd). The rest of the dining room was full of table hoppers and gladhanders — Harvey Weinstein works a room like nobody’s business — and I noticed there was plenty of glasses of red and white wine all around. Cheers!

I was joined today by Anne Fulenwider who has plenty to celebrate these days having  “come home” to Marie Claire in September. She was tapped for the top job after Joanna Coles departed for Cosmo when Kate White left to write her best sellers full-time. I know, you need a score card for all this, but do try to keep up. Anne’s extraordinary rise to the top of the masthead is a master class on how to succeed in publishing by being very smart, working hard and staying grounded amid all the glitz and glamour (yes, to civilians and the uninitiated this is a glamorous business). The Harvard graduate came to New York in the mid-nineties and landed her first job in magazines working for David Lauren at Swing. An internship at The Paris Review turned into a gig as research assistant to George Plimpton when he was working on his book on Truman Capote. Anne got quite an education diving into boxes of fascinating transcripts, fact checking scores of Plimpton’s interviews and, occasionally ”chopping carrots” at his home and pitching in whenever needed. All in a day’s work.

Diane Clehane and Anne Fulenwider

When the book was done, she went on to become senior editor, moved to Vanity Fair where she was editor of the magazine’s popular “Fanfare” section, and wound up editing the work of Leslie Bennetts, Buzz Bissinger and Dominick Dunne. Except for a brief sojourn to San Francisco, she spent a decade at the magazine where, she said, she “grew up” and was “inspired” by Vanity Fair’s great reporting and writing and learned that “maintaining quality” and upholding the highest journalistic standards (“There were armies of fact checkers and researchers!”) were critical to the vitality and relevance of a successful magazine.

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Peggy Noonan Gets Her Own Blog

Peggy Noonan, everyone’s favorite wacky columnist, has a new blog. It’s fantastically titled “Peggy Noonan’s Blog,” in case the zany ideas found within the posts didn’t tip you off that it might be her.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Noonan will “write daily on a variety of political, cultural and personal subjects.”

We’re setting the over/under for number of Ronald Reagan mentions per day at 17. There are currently only 10 posts and already five references to Reagan, so that number might be way low.

Ann Curry, Tyra Banks, Peggy Noonan Receive 2012 Matrix Awards

Eight influential women were honored this afternoon at the New York Women in Communications 2012 Matrix Awards. The event was held at the Waldorf-Astoria and emceed by NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan.

Katie Couric, who presented a Matrix Award to Tyra Banks, walked the red carpet before the ceremony with a stool so the pair could (sort of) stand shoulder-to-shoulder (pictured). “I feel like I’m standing next to Shaquille O’Neal!” Couric quipped.

Couric’s ABC news colleagues  Josh Elliott, “20/20″ EP David Sloan and SVP of communications Jeffrey Schneider attended to honor Walt Disney EVP and chief communications officer Zenia Mucha. Mucha was presented by Barbara Walters.

In her speech, Walters said Mucha, a first-generation immigrant who lived in Poland until she was 9, “might just have the toughest job of anyone I know.”

“Even Mickey Mouse doesn’t make a move without checking with Zenia,” Walters said. Read more

2012 Matrix Award Honorees Announced

Tis’ the season for award news. Here’s another one: The Matrix Awards, which honor extraordinary women in the media world, have announced their 2012 honorees. Past winners have included Gloria Steinem, Arianna Huffington and Alice Walker, to name a few. The 2012 honorees are Tyra BanksGayle ButlerGlenn CloseMaria Cuomo ColeAnn CurryLaura DesmondZenia Mucha and Peggy Noonan.

The award ceremony — presented by New York Women Communications — will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria on April 23.

“We are pleased to recognize these eight extraordinary women for their remarkable achievements in communications,” said Catherine Mathis, President of New York Women in Communications. “These individuals, from top executives of worldwide corporations to award-winning journalists and global humanitarians, truly embody the Matrix Awards’ theme and we look forward to honoring them in April.”

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Jon Stewart and Brian Williams should take their act on the road.

Also in last night’s episode, Lewis Black did a segment and got in a Peggy Noonan jab. Hey-oh!

Shots From Today’s Daily Beast Inaugural Brunch

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The Daily Beast and Morning Joe crews jointly hosted a well-attended (though tricky to-get-to courtesy of a myriad of road blocks) brunch this morning at the Council on Foreign Relations building. While plenty of bold-faces mingled the room imbibing “Obamimosas” and quiche, the star of the hour had to be David Axlerod whose hand everyone wanted to shake.

We bumped into Peggy Noonan who told us that after the pilot on her US Airways flight from New York yesterday came on to announce they were departing for Washington D.C. the entire plane had burst into applause.

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, who is departing Time to be Joe Biden‘s director of communications showed us his transition Blackberry (they get a new one next Tuesday) and said that there will be no AIMing in the Vice President’s office, either (Joe will have to give up his Berry, also). He also said that he doesn’t foresee himself coming back to news reporting after his stint in the government, though “maybe as a columnist.” Of course what journalism will look like in four to eight years is anyone’s guess! Pics from the brunch after the jump.

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Should Obama’s Next Dinner Chat Be Online?

OBAMA-COMPUTER_s1-274.jpgWho will Barack Obama wine and dine next? (Or coffee and chat if Bill Kristol is to be believed.) An interesting addition to yesterday’s liberal gabfest was Andrew Sullivan and not just because he now finds himself in the Liberal camp! Sullivan, while certainly established in the print world, primarily and successfully wields his influence online — unlike say, MoDo, or Tom Friedman, or Peggy Noonan, or any of the other pundits invited to these cozy chats whose presence online is merely a result of their print columns being posted.

All of which made us wonder whether Obama, as he prepares to usher in the so-called ‘Internet presidency,’ intends to have some sort of collective “chat” (iChat, Gchat, AIM?) with the opinion makers of the online world. Surely, in the coming four years the voice of the Internet, as it were were, will collectively prove to be at least as powerful as the op-ed pages of the nations largest newspapers (should they still be printing!). Suggestions who should be on that invite list?

Don’t Know What Books to Buy For Christmas? Let Salman Rushdie (and Others) Help!

MarilynMonroeReadsJamesJoyce.jpgIt’s no secret the book industry is in a free fall right now. And like every other industry that’s being hit by the economic tsunami rolling through the country the results have been shocking and painful. Of course the publishing industry (much like the newspaper and auto) has been on a slow decline for years, and there is no shortage of people ready to explain to you all the whys and wherefores and bad decisions that were made along the way. However, that’s not what we’re here for today! Today we are only interested in talking about good books! Because at the end of the day, regardless of the business that produces them, books are important. Language and stories are important. One might argue that there has never been a time in our history when we’ve been more surrounded by words, still, unlike the current media trend that has us all writing in the moment (often times in 140 characters or less) books allow us to step back, stretch our minds, take the long view, and stand outside of ourselves. They also require a commitment to thinking beyond the NOW, which for someone who lately is finding it a challenge to get through a Frank Rich column (lengthwise!) — let alone, say, the thoroughly fabulous 700+pp Nixonland — is proving to be a necessary exercise indeed!

After the jump see what Salman Rushdie, Brian Williams, Peggy Noonan and more(!) recommend.

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Sarah Palin: Hockey Moms Have Expensive Taste, Too!

081021_palin_cummings2.jpgLately we’ve noticed that Sarah Palin’s highly touted updo has seemed, well, a little less up. Also, whoever has been doing her highlights in the last few weeks is doing an excellent job. However! These things come at a price, as apparently does the wardrobe. Politico is reporting that the RNC has spent upwards of $150,000 on Palin’s threads in the last seven weeks.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74. The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September. The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

And people were freaking out about a little non-existent lobster and caviar! The RNC has subsequently announced they will be donating all the purchases to charity (perhaps via ebay?). That said, is it really so terrible?

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Peggy Noonan Talks to Us About How She Got Her Start in Women’s Magazines

noonglynn.pngMore Peggy Noonan from the Time Warner Political Summit. This conversation, about how Noonan got her start at Mademoiselle as a college student who’d won a magazine writing contest, was the result of an earlier conversation we’d had about the Rosenbergs: at one point I’d mentioned that my first and strongest Rosenbergs reference came from the opening of Sylvia Plath‘s The Bell Jar — turns out Noonan had worked for the same editor at Mademoiselle that Plath had twenty years earlier. Later I asked Noonan what she thinks of the new media world college grads are encountering today: “It’s a talentocracy. Meritocracy, I’m not sure, it’s one of those debatable words, but talent? You can come from anywhere, have no credentials, but if you have humor, wit, brilliance, an ability to explain what it is…you can become an overnight blog sensation.” Full video after the jump.

A side note: Rachel Sklar and I conducted this interview in a busy hallway between panel rooms; a number of people saw us talking to Noonan and later made it a point to tell me either what big fans they were of hers (many of them, regardless of her views), or how they’d also experienced first hand how generous she is with her time.

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