Spy by Graydon Carter
The Funny Years

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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.


About Graydon Carter

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Graydon Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair. Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer and TED speaker. Julie designed "Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen" for Public Radio International, and led the creative team at WNYC for many years. She's the host of Pursuit of Spark, conversations about creative approaches to the possibilities, challenges, and pleasures of everyday life.
Published October 25, 2006 by Miramax. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The 1980s were perhaps luckier than they deserved: Tina Brown’s remake of Vanity Fair and then, in October 1986, a deliciously vicious newsstand cherry bomb calling itself Spy, edited by two young Time magazine bravos named Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen.

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National Post

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If you’re reading the second book first, you’d need to have read the first book to know the characters.

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Open Letters Monthly

When Susan Elia MacNeal's new novel Princess Elizabeth's Spy opens on a hot day .... absent from the forthcoming third book in the series, His Majesty's Hope.

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Tell me about one of the first blogs you first started reading...

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In new TV thriller Hunted, Melissa George excels as damaged corporate spy Sam Hunter.

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The Atlantic

Silverstein with John Butman (Portfolio) Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006) "A leading management consultant examines how our competing tastes for luxury and thrift are hollowing out the vast middle of the global market."

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I hope all those who dislike him avoid his damned online poker site, if what he writes in his Blog about other poker players, “Rich White Businessmen” (many of which have probably sponsored him or promoted him) and almost anyone who he cares to write about is constantly this negative, he deserves...

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