Adam Moss, editor-in-chief of New York magazine may have one of the most dangerous-looking offices in publishing this morning, as it is probably crowded with a number of large sharp-edged and -angled Ellies, or National Magazine Awards. New York was nominated for seven awards and its capture of five of them added an air of upset to the proceedings. MediaBistro's FishbowlNY live-blogged the event last night from Lincoln Center:
The magic night for Adam ("I'm sorry about this") Moss and New York continues, as "The Strategist" picks up the Magazine Section Ellie. Bourdain: "If brown is the new black, Adam Moss is the new David Remnick." Audience boos.
The New Yorker was actually shut out, not garnering a single award for any of its nine nominations; it was the most-nominated publication in 2007. New York's five awards were for General Excellence (250,000 to 500,000 circulation), Profile Writing, Magazine Section, and Design. The magazine's online site nymag.com won an award for Interactive Feature. Other big winners last night were National Geographic and Vanity Fair, with two awards each. Rolling Stone, Wired, Foreign Policy, and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists were other winners of General Excellence awards. If you'd like to judge for yourself, links to all of the nominated and winning articles are available here.
While it wasn't the winner, yesterday we were reminded this great New York profile, "Onan The Vegeterian". It's about the raw-food guru Dan Hoyt who turned his semi-celebrity to infamy by appearing online and on the cover of the Daily News auto in flagrante, so to speak, exposing himself to a quick-thinking woman with a cellphone camera. Hoyt was arrested soon thereafter and is completely unapologetic about the incident, suggesting to New York writer Russell Scott Smith that the woman probably would want to go out with him. Hoyt has even claimed it's illegal to take pictures on the subway, making himself the victim, which certainly takes balls that Hoyt would probably love to show almost anyone, as long as it was in public and his audience was disgusted. Since his conviction netted him only two years probation, lawmakers are now considering
stiffermore severe penalties for public perverts, including fines and mandatory one-year prison sentences.