That white background and disposable camera snapshot shadow only means one thing kids...

It's Terry time! With Barack Obama (yes, please)!

Barack on Vibe, changing the world in ladies pants everywhere. Courtesy of the Crunk & Disorderly

Two things:
1. I have a love/hate relationship with Terry Richardson. On one hand it's so refreshing to see his raw look among a sea of Annie Lebowitz portraits but on the other hand, i really don't need to see photos of random chicks blowing him. But, y'know, that's just me. That's my journey.

2. The combo of Vibe, Terry and Barack is a like a little care package to remind other candidates of how cool they aren't. John Edwards is doing his best Bubba impression on the latest issue of Esquire and while I like him overall, it's really not quite as effective. Maybe he should recruit Terry for a GQ cover involving Jessica Alba, American Apparel rompers and a pot of jam. For good measure.

[Vibe] Official Site
[Esquire] Official Site
[Terry Richardson] Official Site (I'm gonna go ahead and guess that half of the site is nsfw)


Ok, so maybe I mislead you...

Out of all the mags doing viral video/web 2.0 stuff (at least out of the ones that I read) NY Mag is probably my fav. The Look Book is pretty much one of the main reasons that I ended up subscribing (that and I like to seethe over obnoxious real estate developments here in NYC) and even though it's gone down hill a bit in print the Video Look Book more than makes up for it:

and I've recently discovered that their fashion director Harriet Mays Powell is kind of awesome:

Their entire video section is definitely worth a run through. They've got a little something for just about every subject covered related in the mag...


It's been on a million other blogs...

so why not go for 100,000,0001. I present to you The Simpsons + Linda Evangelista + Harper's Bazaar:

Love it.

via faith on oh no they didn't


Magazines come to life, yay!

Since mags like New York, Paper and Good are beginning to create a seamless experience between their pages and the online world, I'm going to start featuring the best and worst of magazine viral videos (you tube or otherwise). Nylon has especially been excelling at the print/web hybrid concept, so they get first dibs. Their MySpace issues are becoming the highlights of their yearly turnout and Nylon TV gets cooler with each upload. Here are some of my recent favorites:

In related news, the Mag Hag You Tube page is kind of bootleg lookin' right now but please do stay tuned. Check out the favorites and mag related subscriptions, add it as a friend, write snarky comments. Go nuts. The same goes for our MySpace page too!


No, I'm not over it.

More on the shanking of Jane from the writers of the aforementioned “How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time” in the NY Times today. Which I totally don't only read for the Style and Arts sections:

[New York Times] A Women’s Magazine That Tried to Be Otherwise

And from a Gawker, the touching story of employees flipping their shit before the 6pm deadline to bounce from the Fairchild building:

[Gakwer] The Last Frantic Moments Of 'Jane'


That's what happens when you make a deal with the devil, homie...

Jane says:

It doesn't feel like the magazine I launched is shutting down...For quite a while, and increasingly so, I've looked at the magazine as something very separate from me and from what I started out to do. There were still glimmers of things I started out to do. And I'm not saying what I was doing was necessarily better, but it definitely changed quite a bit. I'm sad for the people there, for sure.

For more:
[Radar Online] Jane on the Death of Jane


"What, no more boobies?" A tribute to Jane

The beginning and the end. Courtesy of the Drew Barrymore Collective and Searching Bones

So it turns out that Jane didn't cancel my subscription after all. I knew they wouldn't let me down. Phew! Buuuut then there's the bad news. According to Radar, Gawker and just about every other blog on the planet, it seems as though the whole magazine is kaput. Downer.

Jane Pratt first demonstrated her awesomness with the even more amazing (yet unfortunately titled) Sassy magazine. It was like an editorial version of Angela Chase but, well, dare I say, sassier (coincidentally the only remnants of my former Sassy collection is a cover with Claire Danes. Aw.) Sassy folded and Ms. Pratt launched her namesake mag in 1997, the same impressionable year that I entered high school. I didn't think much of the first issue but after about a year I became sucked in. The fucked-up-chic layout and snarky disposition genuinely made me look forward to my 20s. Yes, I'm serious.

Jane always seemed to position itself as the anti Cosmo, with Jane herself even once proudly proclaiming to Ms. Magazine that her future venture would be an "ethnically, culturally and sexually -- as in orientation -- diverse ... bridge between the old Sassy (radical, chic, funny) and Ms. (intelligent, feminist)." Weeeeelll, not so much. From the very beginning, Jane quite consistently fell short of it's ideals. Was it Ms. or Sassy? Hells no. But it still maintained a certain level of cool that made it a refreshing alternative to most other ladies mags.

There was a dark dark (DARK!) era that I will not fail to mention. It was an strange period where suddenly Pamela Anderson had a monthly column, and if I'm not mistaken, ended up on the cover twice in one year. There were many additional grievances, too many to mention. Suddenly the mag had forgotten whatever roots it did have. This is also around the time that I interned for Jane's editorial office...for a week...and then quit. After Jane Pratt herself peaced out on her own creation, the format got really schizo. I nearly canceled my subscription on several occasions...but was too lazy to pick up the phone and do so.

The recent nabbing of Kusum Lynn as fashion director (from Nylon, another one of my former free labor gigs) helped Jane move in a more promising direction. It sort of became Nylon + Jane in a blender (with a dash of Bust) and actually worked out beautifully. If you could ignore lame cover girls like Avril Lavigne and a selection of awkward article missteps it was still a really good read. But alas, Conde Nast/Fairchild Publications only saw the loss of $$$$ so there wasn't much else to do. I understand that it's run it's course but at the end of the day, I still hate to see a decent mag die.

So on that note, I bid Jane a fine and somewhat respectful farewell. In the future I look forward to reading More Magazine, taking up wine tasting, and dedicating myself to cougarism. Good night.

Official news:
[Reuters] Conde nast cosing down Jane magazine
[Gawker] Rumor: 'Jane' Magazine Folds

Sassy, sassy reactions:
[NY Mag Online] ‘Sassy’ Girls on ‘Jane’ Closure: People Don't Care About Mags Anymore
[Feministing] Jane is dead
[Confessions of a Casting Director] Jane Magazine RIP
[Mag.nificent] THIS JUST IN: Jane Magazine Folds
[Missbehave] Holy Crap

I feel you, I do:
[Salon.com] Jane's Affliction
[Bitch Magazine Online] 10 Things to Hate About Jane