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disclaimer:  i can’t dance to save my life.  nor do i condone disco.


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September 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

eerily true

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July 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm


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sorry sorry sorry, i’ve been m.i.a. from this blog for a while.  busy busy busy.  but here’s something to chuckle at.

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January 24, 2012 at 7:32 am

life imitating art

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saw the newsweek cover, and immediately considered the similarities.

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August 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

low point

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my assistant stephen sent me this pic of the scrum of photogs being corralled at the world cup.  this makes me very happy that i no longer shoot news/sports:

yeah, you can wag your finger at the orwellian world cup organizers for treating grown men (don’t see any women in this photo) like cattle.  but this is what happens when you let us photogs loose:

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June 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm


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here’s a few pics from the very last issue of its 68-year life, a beautiful rural pennsylvania thanksgiving spread shot by roland bello:


friggin beautiful spread.  so classy.  it’s simple, as if you just happened upon this little buffet.  very random, but not.  i especially like the quad detail photos of the plates.  it’s could be a pretty version of what william eggleston might have done.

so this is the way they’re going out, huh?  a bit anticlimactic.  and to continue the thought i had from a few posts back, i wonder what the gourmet staff would have pulled off had they been able to plan for a finale.  not saying that the work in this issue isn’t good, just seems very down-to-business.  not very celebratory.  very abrupt.  if they were going to end their 68 years right, they should have gone out with a bang like hunter s. thompson did, when his ashes were fired from a cannon.

strewn throughout this last issue are ads for gourmet subscriptions:  “12 issues just $15”.  maybe they should have upped the price a bit.  maybe those few little extra pennies from raised subscription fees could have made their books look better and pushed them just past the axe.

funny little tidbit about my efforts to get a copy of this final issue…  i guess it came out on newsstands on oct 20th.  i spent several hours running from newsstands to bookstores to supermarkets throughout san francisco looking for a copy of this final issue.  seemed that others had the same idea i had.  i finally found a few copies at a crappy barnes and noble in the city of colma, where the dead outnumber the living 1,000 to 1.

oh well.  sorry to see you go gourmet.  i was just getting to know you.

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October 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

a very poor decision

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condé nast is shuttering gourmet magazine because a bunch of ivy league consultants told them to.

in all fairness, that’s what mckinsey does, so it’s not really their fault. condé nast asked them for their opinion, and they gave it to them.

maybe the condé nast roster has no need for two similar culinary mags.  and according to this explanation by condé nast chief charles townsend, bon appétit is much stronger by the books.

fine, i get it.  business is business.  and if you had to make a decision based off of numbers, then you cut gourmet.  my rationale would be to cut details instead, because that’s an unnecessary magazine all together.

it just seems so absolutely knee-jerk to ditch the 69-year-old gastronomical institution.  perhaps you make cuts elsewhere.  maybe you get rid of golf world.  or maybe they should have pulled back on anna wintour’s fur coat budget.

it also seems to me that killing the magazine is a big waste of a brand.  why not sell it to someone else and let them try to keep it going?  condé nast would at least reap the immediate benefits of some capital from the sale.  not sure whether they ever floated that balloon.  i tried googling “condé nast gourmet sale” and nothing came up.

well, below are a few pages from the october 2009 issue, an piece about a restaurant in louisville, ky.  beautiful photography by john kernick. too bad the final issue of gourmet (november) is already on its way to print.  i would have loved to see what ruth reichl and her team would have done with their final issue if they had time to plan for it.


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October 5, 2009 at 11:51 am