PARALLEL UNIVERSE: Wondering why Andy Pemberton got sacked as the editor of Spin after only two issues? Just take a side-by-side look at that magazine and Blender, where he was the founding editor. A comparison using two recent issues:
Blender’s newsy front of book section: Burner: Everything you need to know and plenty you don’t.
Spin’s newsy front of book section: Barometer. Everything that’s hot. Or not.
Blender’s front story in Burner: The assassination of Proof and Pig Hawk, two rappers and friends of Eminem.
Spin’s front story in Barometer: The assassination of Proof and Pig Hawk, two rappers and friends of Eminem.
Blender’s signature colors: Red and yellow.
Spin’s signature colors: Red and yellow.
Number of Q&As in Blender: 7.
Number of Q&As in Spin: 8.
Number of times Pete Doherty appears in Blender: 1.
Number of times Pete Doherty appears in Spin: 1.
Headline for Blender’s feature on Gnarles Barkley: Who are these masked men?
Headline for Spin’s feature on Petey Kimble: Who is this man?
Lists included in Spin: America’s 101 Wildest Parties; The 25 Hottest Stars Under 25.
Lists included in Blender: Rock’s Nastiest Divorces; The five most influential musicians of the last five years; 33 things you should know about the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Back page of Blender: 15 Questions for KT Tunstall.
Back page of Spin: 25 Big Questions for Jimmy Wales.
— Jacob Bernstein
BYE-BYE, BLASENGAME: Senior writer Bart Blasengame is blowing off Details — and the magazine business — and moving to Portland, Ore., to become a DJ on a radio morning show. Over e-mail, Blasengame confirmed his departure but said he will continue to do some freelance work from Oregon and will appear as a contributing editor on the Details masthead. A celebratory send-off, entitled “The Very Long Goodbye of Bart Blasengame,” was held on Wednesday at Delancy, a club in lower Manhattan. And a very long goodbye it was. “[We] did karaoke into the wee hours,” said Blasengame, who did not serve as DJ at his own event. “Nothing says goodbye like making a complete a– of yourself.” Blasengame has been with Details (which, like WWD, is owned by Condé Nast Publications) since it relaunched in 2000.
— Sara James
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POETIC LICENSE: While rumors continue to circulate about plans for a Kate Moss autobiography, the model has had at least one literary endeavor published, or so it seems. A poem, reportedly penned by Moss, has been published in the English underground literary magazine, Full Moon Empty Sports Bag. In it, the poet laments Pete Doherty‘s drug addiction. “You love them more than you love me/That’s why I could cry all day long/That’s why I can’t breath [sic].” An image in London’s Evening Standard, which broke the story Thursday, shows the poem scribbled on a page in Doherty’s journal, alongside the musician’s own scrawl. Moss’ spokesman could not be reached for comment at press time. However, with Orion Books set to publish extracts from Doherty’s personal journals next March, Moss’ poem may be the first of many revelations about the former couple’s chaotic courtship.
— Nina Jones