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Books by Elaine’s Regulars Will Adorn New Restaurant The Writing Room

AEHochtnerElainesBookNYT Dining section reporter Glenn Collins shared a nostalgic look over the weekend at the impossible restaurant-act The Writing Room is attempting to follow. Owners Michael and Susy Glick have spent two years renovating Elaine’s famed 1703 Second Avenue locale and are planning to re-open the space as The Writing Room next Monday.

It’s definitely a bit of a strange name for a restaurant. As NYT reader and TriBeCa resident Misha puts it in the comments, ‘It brings to mind a Starbucks full of laptops.’ The spirit of Elaine Kaufman will be honored in a number of different ways. A gallery of 135 framed photos celebrating NYC “cultural eminences” will include 40 snapshots taken at Elaine’s. Furthermore, some of the celebrated writers who dined at Table 10 and elsewhere will be noted:

There will be a wood-spindled newspaper and magazine rack, and a back room called the Study — in a new building extension — that will offer wraparound floor-to-ceiling bookcases.

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Amazon Unveils Flying Delivery Drones on 60 Minutes (Mashable)
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is known for taking big bets in the world of innovation, and on Sunday night on 60 Minutes he revealed what might be one of his biggest: product delivery by flying robot drones. The service is called Amazon Prime Air and it’s slated for rollout sometime in 2015, depending on FAA approval. TVNewser Charlie Rose was as surprised as his viewers when Bezos showed him the drones. “I had no idea what his purpose was,” said Rose in a 60 Minutes Overtime video. CBS News / 60 Minutes Overtime When Rose walked in and saw the Prime Air drones sitting on a tabletop for the show-and-tell, he exclaimed “Oh, my God!” It was a genuine reaction — Rose and the 60 Minutes team weren’t in on the secret beforehand. Slate / MoneyBox America’s brick and mortar retailers are currently desperately scrambling to make something like this happen, but they’re hampered by their reliance on human delivery. The question is whether “good enough” drones will be available before Amazon manages to put all these companies out of business.

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Friends, Colleagues Remember New York Observer Editor Peter Kaplan

As the sad news of the passing at age 59 from cancer of Peter Kaplan spread Friday, current Observer senior editor Colin Campbell suggested “there’s no better source on Mr. Kaplan than the editor himself.” And so, Campbell for his first piece chose to republish Kaplan’s 2008 tribute to New York magazine founder Clay Felker.

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BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir meanwhile led off her memories with what she deemed a typically “quirky” Kaplan hiring experience:

In July 2007, when I was a writer for Gawker, I got an email from Nikki Finke that said in the subject line: “Peter Kaplan called and asked who to hire as his media writer/editor. I said you.” And so a few days later I got coffee with Peter at Le Pain Quotidien on 19th Street between Park and Broadway, just down the block from the old Observer offices, and a few weeks later, after several back-and-forths about what the job was (I was to be writing about “ideas”) and how much money I would be making (not very much), I was hired.

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Former Observer Features Editor Has Big Plans for Pasadena Magazine

Maria Russo (pictured), who worked at the New York Observer under Peter Kaplan from 2002 to 2004 before moving west for a four-year stint with the LA Times Calendar section, has been at the helm of bi-monthly city magazine Pasadena since late March. Today, as part of a very ambitious new vision for the publication, she officially launched the revamped website pasadenarose.com.

“They loved my idea of broadening the magazine geographically and going for longer-form stories,” editor-in-chief Russo tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “Pasadena has the second highest concentration of non-profits in the country after D.C. There’s also this incredible science/tech scene with Cal Tech, JPL and so on, that offers all sorts of rich opportunities for coverage.”

And it’s not just about Pasadena anymore. Since the publication was launched in 2007 with backing from Mark Hulme, owner of a Texas magazine empire and currently also a producer on the Ashton Kutcher-Steve Jobs biopic, the area has fully morphed into Greater LA’s equivalent of Brooklyn. The strand between Silver Lake and Pasadena, where Russo works with two other full-time staff and an intern, has exploded with Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale migration and artistic activity.

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M Magazine is Relaunching

Fairchild Fashion Media is relaunching M, the men’s title that folded in early 90s. The new version will be overseen by Fairchild’s Editorial Director, Peter Kaplan. Marc Berger has also been named Vice President, Publisher of M. The initial circulation will be 75,000 and the first issue will hit newsstands September 24.

M will target rich dudes who like fashion. Or maybe we should let Kaplan explain? According to him, M will “speak to an elite and exclusive group of affluent consumers and top industry players.”

Hmm… We’re pretty sure he’s talking about the same people we are.

Fairchild Launching Print Version of Style.com

According to Adweek, Fairchild Fashion Group – in an effort to increase its consumer presence – is launching a print version of its website, style.com.

Peter Kaplan, Editorial Director at Fairchild, and Dirk Standen, Style.com’s Editor-in-Chief, are now prepping the magazine for a fourth quarter launch.

Launching the print venture is the (sort of) easy part, making it successful, that’s another story. But apparently Fairchild feels confident that the Style.com brand will carry it through. One piece of advice: Put Kim Kardashian on the cover of every issue. Like her or not, that woman moves print.

Observed: Zeke Turner Heads To WWD

Add Zeke Turner to the list of names leaving the New York Observer in recent months. Turner, who covered media and, more recently, real estate for the paper, is heading to WWD, which also scooped up former Observer scribe Jon Koblin as well as Peter Kaplan — also formerly of the Observer — as editorial director of the Fairchild Fashion Group.

As The Awl points out for anyone keeping track of such things, this move makes “for a solid 10 out of 10 departures in the last four or so months alone all being women and gay men (as far as we can tell from outside).”

The Search For Newsweek‘s EIC Continues, Talks With Diller Back On

Newsweek has yet to name its new editor in chief, although it hasn’t been for lack of trying. Talks are back on between the news weekly’s new owner, Sidney Harman and IAC’s Barry Diller, who owns the Daily Beast. Speculation continues regarding a future merger between the two would place Daily Beast founder Tina Brown at Newsweek‘s helm.

Other names that have been tossed into the ring have included former Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, who declined the position, and, as The New York Observer reports, Daily Beast executive editor Edward Felsenthal. And then there’s this interesting anecdote:

Former Observer editor Peter Kaplan was also in the mix — until he and Dr. Harman crossed signals about a dinner meeting, leaving the impression that Dr. Harman had stood Mr. Kaplan up.

And thus the wait, and the rumors, continue.

John Koblin Exits the New York Observer

The Village Voice reports that John Koblin quit the New York Observer and is moving to Women’s Wear Daily. Former Observer editor Peter Kaplan, is editorial director for Fairchild Fashion Group, which includes WWD. Kaplan ran the Observer until last summer, just under two years after it was purchased by Jared Kushner.

Reportedly, Koblin told editor-in-chief Kyle Pope his decision this morning.

Koblin spent four years at the Observer covering the New York media. He’ll cover the same beat for WWD.

FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: The Year’s Biggest Moves In Media

door.jpgThis year — full of flux and uncertainty about where the media is heading — has resulted in a vast number of job changes and departures across all matter of media companies and publications. In almost every field of journalism, big names have either been fired, promoted, retired, or simply moved on to more lucrative positions. Here, we take a look back at the biggest industry shakeups of 2009.

The Biggest Move in Magazines: Stephen Adler leaving BusinessWeek.
When editor Stephen Adler announced his departure from BusinessWeek this October following the magazine’s sale to Bloomberg LP, he wasn’t just making a statement, he was starting a trend. Soon he was followed by some of his former colleagues, like John Byrne and BusinessWeek‘s president Keith Fox, who decided to stay with magazine’s original parent, McGraw-Hill. (Not to mention all of those who involuntarily left the pub not long after.) It takes a lot of chutzpah to up and quit your editor gig in the middle of this turbulent media landscape, it takes even more to get your coworkers to come with you. Fortunately for Adler, he’s already landed another gig at Thomson Reuters.

Runners Up: Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel comes on board as editor at Businessweek; Marie Claire‘s publisher Susan Plagemann joins Vogue; Nancy Berger Cardone of shuttered Gourmet takes Plagemann’s spot at Marie Claire; Janice Min leaves Us Weekly; Mariette DiChristina becomes Scientific American‘s first female editor-in-chief.

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