Jewish World Review Oct. 6, 2004 / 21 Tishrei, 5765

Lloyd Grove

Grove
JWR's Pundits
World Editorial
Cartoon Showcase

Mallard Fillmore

Michael Barone
Mona Charen
Linda Chavez
Ann Coulter
Greg Crosby
Larry Elder
Don Feder
Suzanne Fields
James Glassman
Paul Greenberg
Bob Greene
Betsy Hart
Nat Hentoff
David Horowitz
Marianne Jennings
Michael Kelly
Mort Kondracke
Ch. Krauthammer
Lawrence Kudlow
Dr. Laura
John Leo
Michelle Malkin
Jackie Mason
Chris Matthews
Michael Medved
MUGGER
Kathleen Parker
Wes Pruden
Sam Schulman
Amity Shlaes
Roger Simon
Tony Snow
Thomas Sowell
Cal Thomas
Jonathan S. Tobin
Ben Wattenberg
George Will
Bruce Williams
Walter Williams
Mort Zuckerman

Consumer Reports

High Times over for marijuana mag?; CELEBRITY SYNERGY! MOBY DECONSTRUCTS THE OLSEN TWINS!; Too hot Hannity?


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Is High Times magazine going up in smoke?


According to a spy close to the venerable stoner monthly, the mag is so broke that editors have started looking for jobs elsewhere.


"They haven't filed for bankruptcy yet, but they're in dire straits because the staff spends the day smoking pot on the back patio," said the spy. "Morale is low. They're thinking it could fold any day now."


High Times publisher Richard Stratton conceded that some of the 20 staffers at the mag's headquarters on Park Ave. and 28th St. sample their stash during business hours, but insisted that profits were not just a hallucination.


"We're fiscally healthy and profitable," Stratton said. "The pot-smoking on the back fire escape has been going on, but the magazine is not broke. A lot of people make money out of the magazine."


But Stratton added: "With the latest government assault on paraphernalia, Operation Pipe Dreams, we lost a third of our advertisers. And that hurts. But we're beginning to get them back now, and others. The brand is 30 years old and world-renowned."


Co-editor in chief Steve Bloom also insisted that somebody was trying to sell this column some bunk stuff. "We've had some changes, some ups and downs with our sales figures, but it hasn't put us to the point where we're going out of business."


High Times, which has a monthly circulation of about 130,000, made news last year when it hired Norman Mailer's son John Buffalo Mailer as executive editor. Mailer has since relocated to the magazine's entertainment division as veep of development, and did not respond to this column's e-mail Tuesday.

Donate to JWR


CELEBRITY SYNERGY! MOBY DECONSTRUCTS THE OLSEN TWINS!


Finally, someone has unlocked the riddle that is the Olsen twins.


No less an authority on popular culture than Moby took a moment on Monday night at the "Now Art Now" 2004 Whitney Gala to share his ruminations on newly minted New York University students Mary-Kate and Ashley.


"As far as the whole current crop of shallow, disposable celebrities, the Olsen twins are the only ones who hold my attention for more than five minutes," the chrome-domed rocker told this column. "Just the fact that they're rampantly self-medicating seems so interesting."


He added: "There's something about them that just seems — not to be melodramatic — but they almost have this desperate, Shakespearean, tragic quality to them."


Wait, there's more: "It's the combination of bizarre adolescent success combined with the fact that they don't seem dumb. Almost every other celebrity under the age of 23 seems like a half-wit."


On Tuesday, the twins' publicist, Michael Pagnotta, offered this response: "Those are really interesting observations considering that he doesn't know Mary-Kate and Ashley. It seems like he's really given it a lot of thought. Maybe a little too much."


THE BRIEFING


KERRY SPIN DOCTOR GOES AWOL: That was Michael Meehan, a senior campaign adviser to Democratic nominee John Kerry, walking off Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" Monday night after conservative host Sean Hannity's grilling apparently got a little too rough. Hannity, who supports President Bush, accused Meehan of "tak(ing) little cheap shots" and at one point retorted, "That's a lie!" to Meehan's assertion that Sen. Kerry never proposed a nuclear freeze. After a commercial break, Hannity announced that Meehan had "decided not to join us for our second segment, although he was scheduled to be a part of it," adding in an aside to Bush spokeswoman Nicolle Devenish, "I'm not surprised, to be honest, Nicolle." Was the Kerry mouthpiece simply following Harry Truman's advice that if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen? On Tuesday Meehan e-mailed me: "Since Hannity was asking and answering all his own questions, I left the master debater in his own hands."



Comment by clicking here.

Up

10/04/04: Black Rock third-degree; to live and fight in L.A.; more
09/29/04: Father's Day — NOT!; Strategy open to debate; Rocky loses to 65 year-old former boxer; more
09/24/04: Best of friends: Barbara, Dan and Martha; Bush debate; not so friendly
09/22/04: Will 'Details' writer sleep with the fishes?; THE FONZ SPEAKS!; Kerry a cheapskate?; the power of personal pronouns; more
09/20/04: Bow down to King Val; the campaign according to Graydon Carter; the Simple-minded; more
09/15/04: SMACKDOWN! "Access Hollywood" vs. "The Insider"; The red face; Love among the ruins?; more
09/10/04: Powell's 'crazy' quote; Gores, Gores everywhere; more
09/08/04: Like a lead balloon; first relief, then worry; godless elitism?; more
09/03/04: Zell gives Chris hell; But, wait, aren't they the First Daughters?; vote or die" plays the Garden; more
09/01/04: Angels — or devils?; Political stilettos?; Squirrely Furio?; Fraken crashes; joy of the Giulianis
08/27/04: Michael Moore in New Yawk; Red-State comedy; more
08/25/04: GOP glamour?; twins on the march!; Nick Berg's father is PO-ed
08/20/04: Kerry: The novel candidate?; introducing Miss Kimberly Jones; Is Paris Fry[ing]? 08/19/04: The rude, the bad, the ugly
08/17/04: Kerry's bad hair day?; spin control?; more
08/06/04: Flap at Ground Zero; weird premonition?; more
08/04/04: Teresa nailed?
07/30/04: Bubba goes shopping; in the Bono bubble; more
07/28/04: Hall of mirrors; clothes declare the candidate; more
07/26/04: Ethan's big night in L.A.; finally, a role for Al Gore?; that other MTV reality show Simpson; more
07/21/04: Love among the ruins; he ain't heavy, he's my brother; talk about playing Hardball!
07/16/04: Bad taste at James Beard Foundation; Hunted at Prey?; more
07/14/04: Sophie's fall; Bush's covert ops; celeb stew
07/09/04: Low-budget director in high-budget race; Warner Wolf's imaginary wild side; more
07/07/04: Spiderman fan shows Moore having trouble coping with his predictable fade; rock the vote?; more
07/04/04: Perky Katie: 'Our bad'; Skull & Bones may break him; more
06/30/04: Paul Bremer's rich narrative; lonely rich guy?; Jessica Simpson, patron airhead?; more
06/25/04: "Don't jump!"; Rocco's rocky night; Rules? Which rules?; more
06/18/04: NBA numbers crunch; rap reversal?; strange bedfellows; more
06/19/04: I caused Howard Stern to go berserk
06/16/04: Lindsay Lohan is so, um, differently abled; Bill (O'Reilly) is busted!; naughty Natalie; more
06/04/04: Gwyneth gets hers in the U.K.; lost — and found — in translation; ladies who lunch — and the men they won't eat with; more
06/02/04: Stern warnings; X-Tina, the brand name; separating the Olsen Twins
05/28/04: "Sly Fox" outwits New York Times review; talk to the animals; Can't this man be stopped?; more
05/25/04: Picking over Bones; "W" this!; Motherhood, anyone?; more
05/21/04: Not so Ruff Ryders; fantastic voyage; sweeps month stunt?; more
05/19/04: A hex on 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'?; girls just wanna get mad; more
05/14/04: What it was like to be Kerry's 'mistress'; Curious George (Stephanopoulos); more
05/13/04: The young (and snarky) JFK; Did Ford have a better idea?; more
05/07/04: Teresa on TV; Joan Rivers: "C-Class" at best; red-faced apology; more
05/05/04: Burger brouhaha over meat movie; the Age of Adu; what a difference an indictment makes; more
04/23/04: Ahoy, Katie!; Barbara and Martha, together again!; unreality TV?; more
04/21/04: Things don't go better with Coke?; swipes from the grave; "Mami" to the rescue; more
04/16/04: Does this ‘Apprentice’ need some etiquette lessons?; Kerry's laff-riot stepson; fully baked?; more
04/14/04: Dick Clark's diabetes; Barbara Walters' $6 Million book; reality (television) bites; more
04/09/04: S-e-x and the Koran; PETA targets Beyonce; more
04/08/04: Stephen King vs. ABC; trapping the love rat; Liv-ing it up; more
04/02/04: Don't mess with Brooke Hogan's dad; lawyers dancing on the head of a pin?; Trump vs. Trump?; more
04/01/04: D'OH! "Simpsons" actors in dispute with Fox; Diane Sawyer and Janet Jackson won't be bosom buddies; Condi and Maxim?
03/31/04: Hair-raising day on Wall Street; Foxy lady loses 50 Cent; How do you say "party animal" in Hebrew?; Rev. Al and Janet Jackson; more
03/26/04: Bye, bye Banfield; from porn to politics?; more
03/24/04: The perils of film criticism; Dole-ing out compliments; but what about a cure for career lag?; more
03/19/04: Trump trumps everything; Mario vs. Joe; Trudeau pays up; more
03/17/04: Remembering Hillary %*&$#! Clinton; PUT AWAY THAT KRYPTONITE!; more
03/12/04: OOPS!, did Jayson Blair do it again?; skewing Young; more
03/10/04: The laugh that dare not speaks its name; Mistaken identity? NAH!; Is this a great country or what?
03/05/04: Bush vs. Kerry: a Skull session; Kramer vs. The Times, scorch session; enthusiasm curbed; (Tina) Brown-nosing?
03/03/04: Oscars memorialize Hitler's fave filmmaker; baubles, bangles and Kelly Osbourne; moonwalking through cyberspace; more
02/27/04: Regan rebellion; Ed Limato strikes again!; tears for Tom; more
02/26/04: McCain predicts a nasty campaign; the misdirected missive; Janet Jackson, the interview; more
02/20/04: Introducing the Kerry sisters; cyberflap!; Snoop Dogg v. O'Reilly?; more
02/18/04: John Kerry's Friendster?; On the mend?; food for fraughtm; more
02/13/04: John & Carolyn, redux; Zell Miller shows the flag; kill Quentin?; more
02/11/04: HE FEELS BAD!; Dick Cheney, still not dead; more
02/06/04: Glittering Grammys; a laurel for Janet; Haryl's heart
02/04/04: Shriver quits NBC; "Marshmallow" Mike Tyson?; Super Bowl propriety?; MTV's next production?; more
01/30/04: The political forehead front; Alies meets Franken; the art of the hype; arrested career development?
01/28/04: Eyebrow-raising politics; call him indescribable; Woods vs. Williams; more
01/23/04: Eyebrow-raising mystery; who's punk'd anyway?; don't curb your enthusiasm; more
01/21/04: Ridiculous lives of the self-important stars; long arm of the law; all's fair in love and literature
01/16/04: Global warming at a glacial pace; targeting pop culture; Is 'the price of loyalty' too high?
01/14/04: Busting on the "cult buster"; Sarsgaard thinks globally; one angry woman; more
01/08/04: Sitcom star won't be excused from Blake murder trial; fierstein on fire; Drudge & Blumenthal, together again
01/07/04: Bono hits a brick wall; Britney, before the nuttiness; the Arianna primary; more
01/02/04: Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio!?; "Bachelor" bruises; Returning to the scene of the crime?
12/31/03: Disaster for the defense; no-war Omar; the shoe must go on; more
12/19/03: Bob Shapiro's free commercial?; Are sophisticated and hip New Yawkers easily duped?; Positive Saddam fallout?; Ratty insult?
12/17/03: Magic Mystery Tour?; Russell Simmons battles ink by the barrel; Would it have killed her to say 'get well soon'?; no Gest room
12/12/03: Karenna defends her dad; now she tells us!; say it ain't so, Mo!; more
12/10/03: Man & wife, interruptus; pepperoni has feelings, too; more
12/05/03: The knives are out; Who's sorry now?; JWR in the news
12/04/03: The war of the gest-minnellis; something borrowed, something cashmere; fashion trendsetter, nailed!
12/03/03: Colombian grace under pressure; Lord of the Screwups; more
12/02/03: Curb your anti-Semitism?; fame fatigue?; bowing to pressure?; more
12/01/03: Dennis the Menace strikes again; first literary feud of the holiday season; Norma Jean & Hef in heaven?; the fog of McNamara; more
11/26/03: Catherine Crier raps Jacko's TV defender, refuses on-air hint of racism; At 50, Tina's in full cry; STAY OUT OF HER WAY!; more
11/25/03: The mogul strikes back?; go ahead, make Harvey's day; more
11/24/03: Georgette's pilfered baubles; prosecutor of pop?; absent but not missed?; Norman Mailer's prescription for education reform; more
11/20/03: Is a movie career in store for Maria Bartiromo?; People for the Unethical Treatment of Humans?; more
11/19/03: Scientologists on Razor's edge?; picking a winner?; source on a hot tin roof?; more
11/18/03: Clay Aiken neuters PETA?; THEM'S FIGHTIN' WORDS!; a mural for Joe
11/17/03: When networks attack!; leaky Fawcett; forget the Paris Hilton video!; more
11/13/03: Publicity hounds; Prophetic priest; Dumb and Dumber
11/12/03: Not so Rosie; do you believe in miracles?; catalogue of sins; My Heart Belongs to Koppel
11/10/03: Gen. clark on the Subway diet; life of the party; MTV's Dumb and Dumber?; the hug issue; but does the $6,000 shower curtain convey?; red faces at Buckingham palace?
11/06/03: Let them eat pita?; verbal jousting; pretenders to the throne?
11/05/03: Will Harvey Weinstein and Gregg Easterbrook now be pals?; crazed Quentin; more
11/04/03: Herding off the hipsters; more
11/03/03: Dean's tell-all on himself?; Lisaraye vs. Mya?; the odd couple; no need to panic; just don't call him "Scooter"!; Rosie scenarios
10/30/03: Autumn of the editor?; Cynthia Nixon's split may be costly; 'Burning' questions
10/29/03: Ah-nold, unauthorized!; a dilemma for Melissa Gilbert? not even Frank Gifford can help him now!; nobody wanted Elizabeth Hurley
10/28/03: It's Cher calling!; Brown Alert
10/27/03: Paparazzi uncensored!; where's Aaron Brown?; postcards from the middle; invasion of the party snatchers?; House flooded when not afire?; suspenders of disbelief?
10/23/03: Ace up Howard Dean's sleeve; Woody's ordeal; Paul Simon's kid makes good; the non-beginning of a beautiful friendship?
10/22/03: Showing the flag; Joe Frazier, smokin'!; see Carville bruised-up — sort of
10/21/03: Morris & Jaci's charm offensive; Hell hath no fury; Wintertime for Hitler
10/20/03: Isn't it rich?; men (and the occasional woman) behaving badly; peacenik John Lennon supporting the U.S. military?; courageous Connie
10/16/03: George Clooney and intolerable Drudgery; Cameron goes native; and you thought the war in Iraq was nasty?; now it can be revealed; star wars?
10/15/03: Kerik into the breach?; holiday pander?; "the Dink" corrects the record; more
10/14/03: Madge gets mad, lips are sealed; the candidates who listen; he who hesitates is Beatty
10/13/03: Clothes, but no cigar; New Yorkers put a Sox in it; mad at Matalin?; more
10/09/03: Gray Davis goes to the movies; Ali Wentworth, working blue; Law & Order?; pot of gold at the end of the rainbow room?
10/08/03: Art-time for Hitler; the actress who hates movies; lying "Liam"
10/07/03: Pond scum of the rich and famous
07/24/03: Ali and George, living it up; Mel Gibson's Washington power play
07/21/03: White House smear?
07/17/03: Yet another intern scandal; it's her party and she can pay if she wants to
07/14/03: On the auction block: JFK'S boxer shorts; love bytes the maestro
07/10/03: A hairy situation at Homeland Security; Van Susteren v. Orth
06/30/03: Rep. Patrick Kennedy: I've never worked a (bleeping) day in my life; Drudge's dressing down; Ken Lay's Kerry connection
06/26/03: Rapping the beat
06/23/03: Another Watergate scandal?; AL GORE TV!
06/19/03: Tony Snow, rocker?; that won't be crow on Mr. Carlson's plate
06/16/03: Missing dog, ransom demand, Hollywood ending
06/12/03: Giving both parties the needle
06/09/03: WHAT DID SHE KNOW, AND WHEN DID SHE KNOW IT?
06/05/03: Incoming from Barbara Bush?
06/02/03: Bob Dole's plan for fighting unemployment
05/29/03: Newt's new novel
05/27/03: Hitchens & Blumenthal, together again; He still believes in a man called Hope
05/09/03: Close, but no cigar; Romeo & Juliet with a happy ending?; Geraldo to help Heebs?
05/05/03: So Bill Gates and Tom Brokaw walk into a coffee bar . . .; hotel hell; more

© 2003, Creators Syndicate