Spy: 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 ...
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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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 (Turn 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. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641967634
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/25/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    The Story of America's Greatest Humour and News Magazine Ever

    Spy Magazine earned it's place in publishing history in so many ways.
    Spy was the funniest, bravest, boldest magazine on the stands in the long ago Eighties and Nineties. It mixed humour, satire and expose with a wonderful sense of design and style.
    It's hard to explain in the Internet era how fresh and immediate it all seemed at the time. You'd need to hit four or five different 'sites to get the flavour of what was between Spy's covers each month.
    This handome book provides a fascinating behind the scenes look at how the magazine came to be and the major legal and other battles it had to win to keep going. The book's design mirrors to some extent how outlandish publishing in the Eighties & Nineties was. Glorious and glossy.
    For people unfamiliar with Spy, some key features are included. This is humour writing of the quality that you find in the best "Onion" pieces.
    Sad that it all ended with a whimper. How I miss Spy, even today.

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