Dark Bilious Vapors

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11/02/2005: From the "There's No Accounting For Taste" department:

Frankly, I expect more from professionals in the field, too....

We've just been informed that the American Society of Magazine Editors, meeting in Puerto Rico last month, released their list of The Top 40 Magazine Covers of the Last 40 Years. You can read about it at that link, or you can see thumbnails of the top 40, if you'd rather.

I have to register a couple complaints. First, the thumbnail idea sucks. At least they should link to larger images of the covers, so we can see them in something more clearly approximating their full sized glory, the better to appreciate the work of the art designers and other creative folks who worked so hard to produce these masterworks.

The second is that apparently, the editors who voted on this list clearly had a brain fart, or they are lacking in anything approximating true taste and appreciation of artistic merit. The top honor, number one on the list, was awarded to the January 22, 1981 Rolling Stone cover, featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono, while number two was the infamous August, 1991 Vanity Fair cover which featured Demi Moore.

That the editors assembled chose covers with a naked John Lennon, or with a naked and pregnant Demi Moore, over this (clearly The Best Magazine Cover Ever Created) says something about the mental stability of the editors (and what it says, I fear, isn't good):

Yes, the [in]famous, January, 1973 National Lampoon, "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog" cover. Which only came in at number 7 on the ASME list.


Len on 11.02.05 @ 08:10 AM CST

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