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Paige Rense of Architectural Digest, who knows more than most about running a successful mag, said over lunch at La Grenouille that as editor, she's brought up to date once a month on ad pages, doesn't pay much attention to newsstand sales, but scrutinizes the renewal rates. That's the real tell, says doughty Paige.

The great Ed Vick has done it now! The former Y&R chairman has written and is self-publishing "Slingshot," a novel based on his adventures as a river patrol boat skipper in Vietnam. You may not know Vick earned a couple of Bronze Stars.

Take the Golden Globes seriously? A posse of underpaid hacks, most of them little more than stringers who exist from one studio freebie to the next, from press junket to press junket? And the Streeps and the Nicholsons dance to their tune? You explain it.

Timber! Bill Wackermann, publisher of Details, tells me their December coverboy Justin Timberlake sold more copies than any other in the mag's brief history, topping even Robert Downey Jr. and Britney Whatshername.

Disney tightening the purse strings? Broadcast freelance talents tell me very slow pay these days at ABC. Company blames computer glitches.

The two press clipping services, Burrelle's and Luce, a century old, have merged.

Art Cooper of GQ, Harcourt and Jim Ellroy hosting book party at Elaine's Thursday for Helen Knode's crimer, "The Ticket Out."

Spin's Chuck Klosterman says Eminem is "morphing into Axl Rose." As you know, I follow such matters religiously.

WCBS-TV Jan. 20 reported on a "tanker" ablaze off New York harbor. They had aerial footage showing the damned thing. Turns out the "tanker" was a freighter whose cargo was cocoa beans, not a tanker's usual combustibles. Dana Tyler was the anchor.

A "Great War" buff? Lincoln Center presenting "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme," a play by Frank McGuinness. Previews start Thursday, opening night Feb. 24.

Chris Madden will be hosting a small business breakfast forum hosted by WCBS Radio and the New York Lottery Feb. 12. Chris does stuff analogous to what Martha does but Chris stays out of the headlines. Her husband/manager/father of their kids is former House & Garden Publisher Kevin Madden. Swell people.

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