Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Trouble in Magazine Publishing

New York magazine is announcing layoffs, as are a bunch of others, including Scientific America. Entertainment Weekly might stop publishing its weekly mag altogether. Apparently the good scholars at the Max Planck Institute saw this coming and decided to spice up the latest issue of their journal. From The Independent (HT):

There were red faces on the editorial board of one of Germany's top scientific institutions, the Max Planck Institute, after it ran the text of a handbill for a Macau strip club on the front page of its latest journal. Editors had hoped to find an elegant Chinese poem to grace the cover of a special issue, focusing on China, of the MaxPlanckForschung journal, but instead of poetry they ran a text effectively proclaiming "Hot Housewives in action!" on the front of the third-quarter edition. Their "enchanting and coquettish performance" was highly recommended.

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