Fish Food


Delectable bits from around the web:

— Looks like Don Imus is back, relevant and firing on all cylinders. Imus returned to DC this week on WJZW-FM 105.9. Next week A-Listers Governor Bill Richardson, Frank Rich, and Maureen Dowd are scheduled to appear on the show.

— Former Honey and Teen People EIC Amy DuBois Barnett — the first black woman to head a major mainstream magazine — talks to Nekesa Mumbi Moody of the AP (via The Seattle Times) about her self-help book: ”Amy DuBois Barnett, deputy editor in chief at Harper’s Bazaar, is the first person to admit that she’s not a particular fan of the self-help book genre.

”’They are not a staple of my library,’ says Barnett. ‘As a matter of fact, when someone tells me how to live, I’m really stubborn and I say, ‘Well, I’m going to do it the opposite way!’

”Yet Barnett has written a self-help book of her own: ‘Get Yours! The Girlfriend’s Guide To Having Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More,’ released last fall. She doesn’t see herself as a self-help guru, but more of a guide for women to find their own path in life, by sharing the troubles and triumphs of her own.” More here

— Now that we are post-”The Golden Age of Magazines,” AKA the 1980s, Ross Arbes and Hayes Davenport of The Harvard Lampoon — which, we cannot fail to note, voted Paris Hilton Woman of the Year — editorialize in Forbes on ”How The Harvard Lampoon Survives”: Here at The Harvard Lampoon, the world’s oldest continually published humor magazine, we too are feeling the effects of these lean times. Our regular issues are now down to only four pages, half of which are ads for local Thai restaurants. The other two pages are cardboard squares with little indentations where a reader can donate quarters and then give the magazine back to us. The whole thing is held together by a three-ring binder.

”Therefore, in order to combat total bankruptcy, we have produced an efficient business model that we now offer here to the publishing industry at large. We call it ‘the parody project.’ With a parody project, instead of publishing your original magazine, you produce a ‘parody’ of another, more successful magazine, effectively cutting away its reputation with the sword of satire and poking holes in its reputation with the hole punch of ridicule.” More here.