If you gobble up "inside Hollywood" business dirt, get Peter Bart's latest hardcover, "The Gross." It's all about last summer's major movies, which tanked and which made zillions. Bart, a former movie producer and reporter for both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, is editor of Variety and knows his stuff. St. Martin's Press is publisher.
How's House & Garden? Publisher Elizabeth Henriques Hughes says Editor Dominique Browning has it ahead 22% in ad pages ('98 vs. '97) and up in paid circ by 39% (same year to year).
Great minds in sync? A "first-ever special report on cars" in Vanity Fair this June; Architectural Digest days earlier was reported launching a vintage car spinoff.
Myrna Blyth's latest baby (the magazine More, silly) closed the April issue (its fourth) with 76 ad pages, compared with 70 for the launch.
Just off the ski slopes, Jann Wenner says the bad back seems cured. Exercise does it.
David Pecker says with ad revenues last year "approaching $600 million," Hachette Filipacchi is "the third largest publisher" in the country. Can this be so?
Taki, that engaging rascal and dashing man about town, is now editing a fortnightly section in the New York Press. His stuff has appeared for 21 years in London's The Spectator and can be counted on to generate indignation, lawsuits and challenges to duels.
Sport has a new marketing director, Danielle Mowery.
Just a reminder from Claiborne Hancock at Carroll & Graf publishers: Ernest