Lip-smacking good. That's the current issue of Gourmet, says Publisher Gina Sanders, largest February ever in the mag's 58 years, with 119 ad pages, up 18 from a year earlier.
Dick Weiner writes to report that in Tom Wolfe's huge new bestseller, "Nexis" and "Lexis" are frequently misspelled. Tom employs a "u" instead of an "i."
Next Monday night at Christie's on Park Ave. is the big annual cocktail and auction to benefit Literacy Partners. Honorary hosts are Liz Smith, Diane Sawyer, Bette Midler. For info & tix, 212-573-6933.
Editor & Publisher, reshaping itself, named Joe Strupp associate editor. He'd been with the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. And is incidentally (and happily) married to former Sports Illustrated marketer Claire Keating.
Tomorrow Kate White and Cosmo hold their "fun, fearless, female" awards lunch at the Waldorf. Top laureate? Shania Twain, Mark's kin.
I got two nifty pitch letters from Brill's Content, one addressed to me, the other to "James Brandy."
Lawrence K. Miller's the new Eastern ad director for Performing Arts Network, the California-based publisher of in-theater programs.
I see where Business Week and the Harris Poll find "top execs are nervous about the economy in '99." I got nervous two years ago and bailed out of the stock market. That's how smart I am.
There were the NBA brass and stars telling a press conference how "fan-friendly" the sport would now become after the labor settlement when WCBS-TV cams caught that twit Kenny Anderson on the sidewalk blowing off little kids: