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Roundup December, 2 2011

Selectism | Around The Web #magazines #holidays #boxing

01. Asa (Pictured)

Sokokashiko travels to NYC. (Sokokashiko)

02. The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Abner Mares, Joseph Agbeko, Vic Darchinyan, Brandon Rios, Pawel Wolak, Mike Jones And Much Much More

“If we don’t get a Fight of the Year candidate this week, I will shave my head into a mohawk and you can call me the ugly white Victor Ortiz. This just might be the longest weekly schedule you will ever see and it’s pretty much all quality. There’s Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito II on HBO pay-per-view and its stellar undercard. Unfortunately on at the same time is Abner Mares vs. Joseph Agbeko II and Anselmo Moreno vs. Vic Darchinyan on Showtime, with its own undercard that is not too shabby.” (Queensbury Rules)

03. Magazine First Covers

Here’s a collection of magazine first covers. Clearly The New Yorker feel no need for a redesign. (Retronaut)

04. On ‘Holiday’

“Here’s how it begins. You are in a bookstore on the main drag of a small town. You walk along the mystery and western paperback sections, and then you see a wicker basket overflowing with Life magazines. You idly flip through the stack because you know Life was once an important cultural force but have never seen the magazine in person. The copies of Life are musty and torn, and in the middle of the heap you come across something called Holiday. It has the same heft as Life, more than a foot tall and surprisingly heavy, but in place of a black-and-white photograph on the cover there is a colorful swirling yellow illustration of the sun and the words “California Without Cliches.” The magazine is from 1965 and you think it would look good on your coffee table. Also the ads are campy and fun (“San Diego Is a See-Do Vacationland!”), so you buy the magazine—why not, it’s only a few bucks—and take it home. You turn on the TV and half watch Seinfeld as you flip through for the ads. Then you come upon “Notes from a Native Daughter,” the Joan Didion essay you read in college but don’t really remember. You read how California is only five hours from New York by jet but really that is just a delusion: “California is somewhere else.” Now you are somewhere else. Seinfeld ends and another Seinfeld begins and you read the entire essay and then discover a piece by Ray Bradbury, your old pal from high school English. You read his rhapsodic paean to Disneyland (“No beatniks here. No Cool people with Cool faces pretending not to care, thus swindling themselves out of life or any chance for life”), and you think that’s pretty good, too. You head back to the bookstore to see if they have any more issues of Holiday.” (The Paris Review)

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