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TRUMAN’S TRAVEL MAGAZINE: Those Buddhist retreats and sojourns in Spain seem to have left quite an impression on James Truman. The first project Condé Nast’s former editorial director is developing for Louise MacBain appears to be, at least in part, a travel magazine. Truman has begun approaching editors in New York to discuss the top job at a new publication, which is said to be a hybrid travel and culture periodical. He is evidently offering low- to mid-six figures for the position.

In October, nine months after Truman left Condé Nast to slow down and return to Europe, he was named chief executive officer and managing editor of MacBain’s LTB Holding Ltd., an art publishing house that produces Art + Auction, Spoon and several gallery guides, among other titles. At the time of the announcement, the company released a statement saying it was looking to expand “through organic growth and acquisition.”

Truman is currently based in London and could not be reached by press time for comment.
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JOFFE SHOVES OFF: Jessica Joffe is leaving The New York Observer. The oft-photographed, redheaded reporter, who frequently ends up in the pages of Vogue, has decided to try her hand at fiction. She told WWD, “I resigned — or rather, ‘handed in my resignation’ — a little more than a week ago to take some time to finish this book I’m writing. As far as I can tell, it’s fiction, but that’s what they all say, isn’t it? One thing is clear: It’s not a roman à clef about my time spent in the New York media world. Just writing that makes me yawn.”

Joffe, who was previously at The Paris Review, said she would be doing some freelance work to “pay the rent” until she signs a book deal. She does not yet have an agent.

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