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Publisher Comments:

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Spy's creation comes the definitive anthology, inside story, and scrapbook. Spy: The Funny Years will remind the magazine's million readers why they loved and depended on Spy and bring to a new generation the jewels of its reporting and writing, photography, illustration, design, and world-class mischief-making. It will demonstrate Spy's singular niche in American magazine and cultural history. But it is also intended to be enjoyed on its own: one beautiful volume containing Spy's funniest and most creative work, along with the ultimate insiders' account of how it all came to be.

All the best is here: Separated at Birth; Naked City; The Fine Print; Logrolling in Our Time; the Blurb-o-Mat; those hysterical (and now ubiquitous) charts; the inside stories on the New York Times and Hollywood by J.J. Hunsecker and Celia Brady; the covers; investigative features; and the hilarious stories on pretty much everyone who was anyone during the late 80s and early 90s. Not to mention the often grisly but always entertaining regular cast of characters from Spy's pages — the churlish dwarf billionaires; beaver-faced moguls; bull-whip-wielding uber-agents; knobby-kneed socialites; and, of course, short-fingered vulgarians.

During its heyday, from 1986 through 1993, Spy broke important ground in journalism and design, defining smartness for its generation. It was a once-in-a-lifetime creation that shaped the zeitgeist and succeeded (for a while) against all odds. Spy: The Funny Years will be the fun, stylish, hilarious holiday gift of the year.

Review:

"With equal parts nostalgia and snarkiness, this history /anthology celebrates the now legendary satirical magazine during its heyday — aka 1986 to 1991, when founders and partners Andersen (End of the Century and host of NPR's "Studio 360") and Carter (editor of Vanity Fair) ran the show (the magazine folded as a monthly in 1994). 'We were very lucky to catch two waves — the post-'60s ironic mood and the go-go financial mood,' observes Andersen, and these pages offer plenty of opportunity to travel back to those heady days of "Separated at Birth?" and "The Spy Guide to Postmodern Everything." Those who wondered what life at Spy was really like will also be rewarded: former deputy editor Kalogerakis (now deputy editor at Travel + Leisure) has collected plenty of stories about minuscule paychecks, ridiculously tight budgets and bacchanalian parties (Andersen and Carter chime in with extensive annotations). Certain to be on the holiday wish lists of aging hipsters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"With equal parts nostalgia and snarkiness, this history /anthology celebrates the now legendary satirical magazine during its heyday — aka 1986 to 1991, when founders and partners Andersen (End of the Century and host of NPR's Studio 360) and Carter (editor of Vanity Fair) ran the show (the magazine folded as a monthly in 1994). 'We were very lucky to catch two waves — the post-'60s ironic mood and the go-go financial mood,' observes Andersen, and these pages offer plenty of opportunity to travel back to those heady days of 'Separated at Birth?' and 'The Spy Guide to Postmodern Everything.' Those who wondered what life at Spy was really like will also be rewarded: former deputy editor Kalogerakis (now deputy editor at Travel + Leisure) has collected plenty of stories about minuscule paychecks, ridiculously tight budgets and bacchanalian parties (Andersen and Carter chime in with extensive annotations). Certain to be on the holiday wish lists of aging hipsters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Spy was the most influential magazine of the 1980S...it was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed." Dave Eggers

Review:

"It's...nice to see clever inventions...that were clearly precursors to today's pop-culture mags and blogs." Dallas Morning News

Synopsis:

This lavish celebration of the brilliantly funny, groundbreaking magazine features the inside story as told by its creators. Full-color photos.

About the Author

Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen co-founded Spy. Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair magazine. Andersen has since been editor-in-chief of New York magazine and is now a bestselling novelist and award-winning host of public radio's Studio 360.

George Kalogerakis, a deputy editor of Spy at its launch, has since been a writer and editor for magazines including New York, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. He is now the deputy editor of Travel + Leisure.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401352394
Author:
Kurt Anderson and Graydon Carter and George Kalogerakis
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Author:
Andersen, Kurt
Author:
Anderson, Kurt
Author:
Carter, Graydon
Author:
Kalogerakis, George
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Newspapers/Magazines
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In - General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
10 x 10 in 56 oz
Age Level:
13-22

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With equal parts nostalgia and snarkiness, this history /anthology celebrates the now legendary satirical magazine during its heyday — aka 1986 to 1991, when founders and partners Andersen (End of the Century and host of NPR's "Studio 360") and Carter (editor of Vanity Fair) ran the show (the magazine folded as a monthly in 1994). 'We were very lucky to catch two waves — the post-'60s ironic mood and the go-go financial mood,' observes Andersen, and these pages offer plenty of opportunity to travel back to those heady days of "Separated at Birth?" and "The Spy Guide to Postmodern Everything." Those who wondered what life at Spy was really like will also be rewarded: former deputy editor Kalogerakis (now deputy editor at Travel + Leisure) has collected plenty of stories about minuscule paychecks, ridiculously tight budgets and bacchanalian parties (Andersen and Carter chime in with extensive annotations). Certain to be on the holiday wish lists of aging hipsters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With equal parts nostalgia and snarkiness, this history /anthology celebrates the now legendary satirical magazine during its heyday — aka 1986 to 1991, when founders and partners Andersen (End of the Century and host of NPR's Studio 360) and Carter (editor of Vanity Fair) ran the show (the magazine folded as a monthly in 1994). 'We were very lucky to catch two waves — the post-'60s ironic mood and the go-go financial mood,' observes Andersen, and these pages offer plenty of opportunity to travel back to those heady days of 'Separated at Birth?' and 'The Spy Guide to Postmodern Everything.' Those who wondered what life at Spy was really like will also be rewarded: former deputy editor Kalogerakis (now deputy editor at Travel + Leisure) has collected plenty of stories about minuscule paychecks, ridiculously tight budgets and bacchanalian parties (Andersen and Carter chime in with extensive annotations). Certain to be on the holiday wish lists of aging hipsters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Spy was the most influential magazine of the 1980S...it was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed."
"Review" by , "It's...nice to see clever inventions...that were clearly precursors to today's pop-culture mags and blogs."
"Synopsis" by , This lavish celebration of the brilliantly funny, groundbreaking magazine features the inside story as told by its creators. Full-color photos.
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