We knew it was going to be a good night at the National Magazine Awards when we arrived for the cocktail hour at Jazz at Lincoln Center yesterday to find four or five full open bars — no white wine and Ellietinis only this year — and enough hors d'oeuvre to feed a Third World country (or, at least, Adam Platt). Still, we had no idea just how good. There were celebrities! (Presenters included John Waters, Carrie Fisher, Kevin Bacon, Aisha Tyler, the dude who founded Wikipedia.) There was creative math! (If last year was the 40th annual Ellies, how was this year's the 42nd?) There was Champagne and dessert for everyone!
Oh, and there was also this: New York won five awards, more than any other magazine, and the most wins by one title since The New Yorker won five two years ago. We won Profile Writing, for Vanessa Grigoriadis's "Boy Prince of Fashion," about Karl Lagerfeld; Magazine Section, for the Strategist; Design; Interactive Feature, for nymag.com's Show & Talk fashion coverage; and the big one, General Excellence in our circulation class, for being generally excellent. "I'm sorry about this," editor-in-chief Adam Moss said sheepishly as he reached the stage for the fourth time last night. He was also pretty happy, we think, and proud. As are all of us.
2007 National Magazine Award Winners Announced [ASME]
The National Magazine Award finalists were announced today, and it's our reportorial duty — not any desire to brag, of course — that compels us to mention that New York Magazine was named a finalist in an unprecedented seven categories. (Last year we had five, which was a record then, too.) The New Yorker, as nearly always, led the pack with nine finalists, and Esquire tied us at seven. New York's nominations are for General Excellence, circulation 250,000 to 500,000; Public Interest, for Robert Kolker's "On the Rabbi's Knee"; Profile Writing, for Vanessa Grigoriadis's "Karl Lagerfeld, Boy Prince of Fashion"; Magazine Section, for Strategist; Design; Interactive Service, for Grub Street; and Interactive Feature, for Show & Talk. We keep telling ourselves we're writing this because it's real news (Ellie madness begins!) and because it's real service (and here's where you can find our finalists!). But to hell with that. We're kvelling a little. Forgive us.
ASME Announces National Magazine Award Finalists [Magazine.org]