newhouse.jpgIn case you’re boycotting the business section to stave off recession depression, we wanted to relay the glad tidings that led off Richard Pérez-Peña‘s recent New York Times profile of Condé Nast chairman Samuel I. “Si” Newhouse (pictured at right, pixellated by Lacie Argyle into hundreds of tiny magazine covers): the magazine magnate knows his kerning!

When the wizards at Condé Nast Publications recently marched a pre-press issue of Brides magazine through an in-house review, Si Newhouse…wondered aloud whether a few of the letters on the cover were a tad too close together.

As it turned out, they were.

Further endearing us to Newhouse (who is the owner of a pug named Cicero) is the profile’s revealation that he is knowledgeable in matters equine. “I had a picture of a fox hunt, and Si had a question about the saddle we used,” says Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter. Newhouse offered a correction of the caption’s description of the pictured saddle.