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Page 4-The Michigan Daily -Weekend etc. -October 8,1992

The talk of the town

Some indignant friends write:
The first thing we noticed was the
smell. An alluring parfum, to be sure,
but not the kind of thing we want
distracting us while we read the New
Yorker.
It's all very eerie. After all, the
New Yorker is, well, the New Yorker.
It just is. But now that Tina Brown,
former Vanity Fair editor, takes the
reins of the October 5th issue, we
were afraid to even open it up.
Even the cover was frightening. In
a beautiful horse-drawn carriage, in
an autumnal Central Park, a man in a
top hat drives ... WHAT! A punk
rocker draped over the back seat! Is

this how Tina Brown pictures her-
self?! Is this the kind of symbolism
she's using in her debut?! Some un-
couth heathen plopping herself in the
middle of one of the most beautiful
and elegantly entertaining parts of an
admittedly deteriorating New York?
At this point we found it necessary
to set down the magazine, and take a
brief stroll (toward, if you must know,
the liquor cabinet. Of course, we had
a Manhattan.)
We relaxed a bit, thought pleasant
non-glossy thoughts, bolstered our
courage, opened our mind, and picked
up the magazine.
Which, incidentally, was a bit more

difficult than usual. It's the size, you
see -178 pages. Thick ones. And
they're heavier and glossier than we're
used to. But there, on top of the table
of contents, was our old pal, the New
Yorker. (The fellow with the monocle,
high collar, and top hat. You know,
always with that butterfly.) At least
something was familiar. But then we
saw the table of contents.
It attempts to be more informative
than the old contents; adding descrip-
tions to the often obscure titles, hav-
ing "sections" - "The Critics," "Po-
ems," "Artist at Large," etc., using
boldface type. We found the design
(attributed to Wynn Dan and Caroline
Mailhot) to be unpleasant and ugly.
But then again, we might, after a few
years, get used to it. At least there's no
staff box.
But then, (oh, the horror, the hor-
ror) with awful Vanity Fair flash-
backs (yes, we read Vanity Fair- but
only for the pictures) we noticed the
ad on page three. Was it, could it be,
did she dare? Our eyes, unfortunately,
weren't deceiving us. Like many a
Vanity Fair cover, it featured a woman
unclad from the waist up. Granted, it

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