Brady's Bunch

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Permit me to "disbelieve" that E! Entertainment exec who claimed on TV the other night to insist they're "proud" of their Anna Nicole programming. They're making a buck, maybe. But "proud"?

I'm receiving more and more reports of better ad sales biz. Are we turning some sort of corner here? Publisher Alan Katz tells me New York double fashion issue (out late last month) is, at 112 ad pages, the magazine's biggest-ever. "We're grooving along. Tough times but we're getting through them."

Lou Cona reports Vanity Fair's September the largest in its history and is the monthly's fifth issue in a row to exceed last year's figures.

Barry Brown, ad manager for Boys' Life, handing out business cards with a built-in rate card. Nifty idea.

Laura Bush is the speaker at Redbook's Sept. 19 annual awards lunch.

Suzanne Grimes of Glamour mag says October ads will be up by 31%. "Beauty, fashion, automotive all look strong for the second half. We're keeping the boys on the 11th floor happy," she writes me.

HBO taking over Radio City Music Hall Thursday to screen episodes 1 and 2 of surprise! "The Sopranos," with party to follow.

Those Toyota commercials are dreadful.

At Stuff, Mark Oltarsh takes over as ad director.

LaForce & Stevens PR is now repping Elle mag group.

Not flunking, the perpetual Lillian Ross. Mr. Remnick and The New Yorker can be proud of this great dame. She was reading from her Talk of the Town pieces and the book on Hemingway on TV the other day and continues to delight.

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