Country Life (Hearst) put out its best September issue in 15 years with a new larger trim size. Through September they're up 4% in ad pages over last year. Now, says Publisher Steven B. Grune, it's not only a larger, "but a bigger tool."
Good thinking, Jann! Wenner (I guess it was he) got Jack Nicholson to do a piece for Rolling Stone, "Remembering Marlon." He and Brando were actually neighbors in L.A.Very nice.
Journalists writing books I: Mark Kriegel's bio of Joe Namath for Viking Penguin comes out today. PW raves it's one football book that "will cross fluidly into pop culture."
Journalists writing books II: Elsa Klensch, who used to work for me at WWD, then to CNN, brings out her first novel Sept. 8, "Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15."
Sports pages full of essays on Ricky Williams' admirable "independence," walking away from an $18 million contract, when he might just be a guy who enjoys smoking dope better than football.
Allure's Nancy Berger has picked Diane DePaul as associate publisher-advertising and promoted Susan Bornstein to associate publisher-marketing. Also, Wendi Cassuto was boosted to ad director at Allure.
Darn, I missed the synchronized diving event on NBC at Athens. But I did catch some trap shooting.