25 September 2012
Philip Weiss: The New M & The Old Observer
Peter Kaplan cobbled together the new M mostly with existing staff from Fairchild. I offered my services in a Starbucks near his office, "Pay me spit and I'll do anything you tell me to do. I'll attack machine gun nests for you. Only condition -- I report to you and not some hump who works for you." Maybe I came on a little strong. Actually, I would work for one hump who writes for Kaplan. Philip Weiss.
Back in 2001, Kaplan was the editor of the NY Observer (Best Of NYO is in the sales bin here) back when that paper meant something more than real estate ads. Kaplan not only hired Candace Bushnell but he came up with the title for her column, "Sex and the City." I bet the NY Observer made a fortune off that.
Kaplan rounded out the new M crew with a few cronies from the Observer. One Observer alumni, Philip Weiss, cranks out a gutsy interview with a difficult subject matter for any straight man... pretty boy model, Sean O'Pry (To Editors at GQ: Worried about living down the, "Gay men's life style publication." Drop the cheese cake beards and hire Weiss).
I follow Weiss on Twitter but back in the day, Weiss did an Observer interview with balls-so-big-I-don't-know-how-he-walks writer, Jim Harrison. The premise for the interview was a discussion between Weiss and Harrison about older women. Harrison was always a hero of mine but Weiss became one too with this beautiful and honest piece about what it's like to be a man growing old and how it's possible to wake up and wise up.
If you're getting up there in the years - read this - you'll love it. If you're a 25 year old Jr Mint -- I'm working on a Tumbler to explain this to you. -30-