Brady's Bunch

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That new batch of warm and fuzzy State Farm commercials will be something to see following a CBS News claim they won't renew your homeowner's insurance if you dare put in a claim. And then, sub rosa, other insurers blackball you.

The year's starting off promisingly for Conde Nast Traveler's European editor, G. Y. Dryansky. His cover story on Paris runs next month, and Jerry's agent Lynn Nesbit just sold his latest novel, "Fatima's Good Fortune" and co-authored by wife Joanne, to Jonathan Burnham of Miramax Books. At the Frankfurt book fair, foreign rights were snapped up by Germany, Italy and the Spanish-speaking world. His previous novel, all about Bonaparte in Egypt, "Chant d'Adieu" in French (I call it, "Buggery On The Nile"), not yet out in the States, also sold recently to a leading French house. Dryansky, who once worked for me, is a debonair Yank who lives near Trocadero, covered the Paris couture and the 1968 Hungarian uprising against the Soviet tanks, both for WWD. He resembles a decadent Polish count and may have been a spy. For our side, one assumes.

Personal to Ed Erhardt, former Ad Age publisher now doing vital executive stuff for ABC/ESPN: Will someone please shut up Brent Musburger?

Art Cooper of GQ and Ed Lewis of Essence share the Henry Johnson Fisher lifetime achievement award Jan. 29 at the Waldorf.

Happy wheels! to Steve Madden, new editor in chief of Rodale Cycling Group of mags.

Worst N.Y. Times review of a top N.Y. Times best-seller ever? Caleb Carr's rip of Patricia Cornwell's Jack the Ripper job: "A sloppy book insulting to both its target and its audience...she should apologize for this exercise in calumny."

Redpoint Marketing PR founders Victoria Feldman de Falco and Christina Miranda tell me they're up and running at 161 Ave. of the Americas in N.Y.

Leading Hotels of the World, headed by Paul McManus, will mark its 75th anniversary this year. It's a cooperative grouping of some of the best inns ever.

Maureen Kelly Stewart selling ads for Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel. She'd been with Newsweek.

Go ahead and call me an old cynic, but I somehow doubt that cloning story.

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