How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time. In the late ’80s and ’90s, when teen fare was homogeneous, Sassy magazine,a teen cult favorite,was the cool new kid on the block, speaking to girls on their level, giving them an in to alternative pop culture while acting as confidant and wise dispenser of advice. New York–based writers Jesella and Meltzer were part of the Sassy demographic and decided that a “love letter” to the publication was in order. The result is a behind-the-scenes, warts-and-all look at the magazine’s office culture, including sections on the glossy’s coverage of feminism, celebrity and girl culture. Struggles with advertisers, publishers, religious conservatives and other detractors are described in detail (in a very us-against-them tone), allowing insight into how editorial content was developed. Much of the book is written in a cooler-than-thou tone, often at the expense of every other teen magazine on the market and of the typical American girls who read them. This attitude arguably contributed to Sassy‘s demise in 1996. In the end, the book—written in a style reminiscent of the magazine itself—is a testament to a publication that changed the face of teen media.
Fantastic. I loved this magazine! I wish I still had some copies, I used to read them over and over and over. While I was doing my Spring cleaning, I found that I had kept the best and most impactful issue, the one with Kurt and Courtney. Never again had they posed together. I totally fell in love with them after I read this issue. Squeeeeee!!!!!!
Phew! Patrick Wolf is not reeeaaaaally quitting. He was kind of being a baby. To celebrate, let’s peruse through 400+ pictures of him. I swear, it’s not my photobucket account.
I just heard that Peter Andre died. Not sure if it’s true or not.
Legally Blonde is out on Broadway. Gimme a fucking break. Ugh.
I also heard that Larry David will be guest starring on Hannah Montana. Not sure if it’s true or not.
Coming soon: Ewan McGregor’s face, moles and all, will appear on a postage stamp. God bless America.
Courtney Love plans on selling Kurt Cobain’s belongings. There was never a time more than now that I wished there was an afterlife. So Kurt can haunt Courtney and scare the shit out of her.
This is hopeful X-Men sequel news:
Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer is setting his sights on another superhero property – he is directing the spin-off movie to the X-Men trilogy, Magneto. The movie will focus on the young Magneto, the villain of the X-Men pictures played by Gods and Monsters star Ian McKellen, and how he became mortal enemies with character Professor X, played by Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Patrick Stewart in the trilogy. The main characters in the spin-off will be played by actors in their twenties instead of the original cast. Goyer has previously worked on superhero movies Batman Begins and the Blade trilogy.
Well, batman Begins was one of the best comic-book-to-film movies ever, so it’s promising. BUT they need to cast a hunky Jewish boy as young Magneto. My votes? Adam Brody, Zac Efron. Gaspard Ulliel can play Professor X. I seriously should work as a casting agent. I am sure it is an easy field to break in to.
I’m still doing some Nirvana reminiscing, and I can’t really put into words Kurt Cobain’s affect on me. I am still cursing the gods that I was born too late to see the early eighties punk scene, but luckily I was right age to discover Nirvana and be old enough to see their influence. I think you all know how important music is to me and how it defines my memories and experiences, and listening to Nirvana for me is exhilarating, depply disturbing, and so tragic at the same time. NME did a cool poll about people’s favorite Nirvana moments. I have seen/witnessed most of these, except Kurt and Christ making out on Saturday Night Live. That is because it only aired once, NBC cut it out of all repeats. I’ve been checking out some of these clips on You Tube, and here is a fucking awesome moment from a fucking awesome performance from the Reading Festival, which made the #1 spot on the poll.
And an SNL promo with Charles Barkley. AWKWARD, much?
You realize that today is Kurt Cobain’s fortieth birthday.
What would he look like? What would he think of today’s music? Would he still be with Courtney Love?
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, in Paul-is-dead style.
More news on the Kurt Cobain biopic….it may be Ewan McGregor. Holy shit. I am still against the movie being made, but I would have to say it’s a good choice. I’ve always thought they somehow look alike.
If anyone wanted to honor the memory of Kurt Cobain, they would know that this is exactly the thing he would hate and not want done. I really thought Courtney Love was misunderstood, but after selling his back catalogue and this, I am done defending.