Saturday, February 19, 2011


This is cool . . .

February 18, 2011, 2:00 PM ET

Spy Magazine Goes Digital by Katherine Rosman

Before there was snark and irony littered on a million blogs all over the World Wide Web – in fact, before there was a World Wide Web — there was Spy magazine. Published from 1986 to 1998, Spy was a phenomenon among the media and political cognoscenti. Since, only those who keep dusty old magazines in attics have enjoyed its archives.

But on Wednesday, Spy co-founding editor Kurt Andersen tweeted, “Google’s digitized every issue of Spy magazine. Half up now, the rest soon. (The internet has justified itself).”

“I don‘t think I’ve every had as many retweets or happy ‘hallelujahs!’” Andersen said yesterday.

Read it all HERE

"It's pretty safe to say that Spy was the most influential magazine of the 1980s. It might have remade New York's cultural landscape; it definitely changed the whole tone of magazine journalism. It was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all. There's no magazine I know of that's so continually referenced, held up as a benchmark, and whose demise is so lamented" -Dave Eggers.

"It's a piece of garbage" -Donald Trump.

I've been referred to as a spy and a spook but that was never truly the case - I always considered what I was involved in 'strategic reconnaissance'. One time I had a remarkable encounter in an airport lounge with an older gentleman who explained to me he was a spy in post-war Austria. This was amusing because at the time I was enroute to Sarajevo, and I wasn't wearing a uniform - S.L.


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