July 22, 1994 |
As Spy magazine rises from the grave with a summer issue that reprises some of its greatest hits about Hollywood, the New York Times and other media institutions, it also features a new mediacentric department, "Magazine Heaven," to chronicle the fab, clubby and ruthless ways of New York's mag industry. Spy starts with four pages about Conde Nast. And is it any wonder? Conde Nast Publications Inc.
May 13, 1994 |
As chronicled at length in Inside Media, a biweekly trade publication, the last days of Spy were marked by nasty feuding among the staffers--the kind of meltdown the magazine used to gleefully discover in somebody else's back yard. "One of the plans had been to plant cocaine in my desk and then call the police," said a bitter Tony Hendra in the article.
February 25, 1994 |
I'm going to miss Spy Magazine. With this simple statement, I'm sure I've just made some new enemies, but I don't care. I know that the magazine, which announced last weekend that it would fold after the next issue, was sometimes frivolous, sophomoric--even downright vicious. Many of my friends were bludgeoned by Spy at one time or another and I've taken a punch or two myself in the dreaded "Review of Reviewers" section. Still, at its best, Spy was probably the funniest magazine around.
February 19, 1994 |
Spy Magazine to Cease Publication: Spy magazine, known for its skewering of celebrities and its "separated at birth" photos, is ceasing publication after 7 1/2 years, the magazine announced. Tony Hendra, the editor in chief, said principal owner Jean Pigozzi closed Spy after failing to sell it. The 78th and final issue of Spy will be on newsstands in New York on March 1 and nationally March 8, said advertising director Elaine Alimonti. Pigozzi had no comment, his spokesman, Michael Simoff,
January 16, 1994
The February issue of Spy magazine includes a none-too-flattering look at how rich L.A. parents scheme to get their kids into exclusive power kindergartens. Singled out for a good thrashing is the Westside's very own Crossroads School, described by Spy as a "funky campus overlooking the Santa Monica Freeway" with a non-traditional program that has attracted the children of Barbra Streisand, O.J. Simpson, Bob Dylan and Robert DeNiro.
December 30, 1993 |
Ponder the sea gulls pecking for aromatic kitchen scraps among the flapping pages of the thousands of magazines that blanketed the country this year in weekly, monthly and seasonal waves, before bulldozers shoved them into ever-deepening strata in America's sanitary landfills. Ponder, too, that millions and millions of brains nationwide have absorbed a year's worth of magazine content--brilliant, mediocre and inane.