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I love humor and parody, but I know those two categories are hard to sustain with
or without a good start. Cracked is trying to do what others have attempted to do and
failed (including Cracked itself). Yes, there's a need for humor and parody in today's
world. There's so much conflict and pain sprawled across the media today that we need
humor and parody to give us a stress relief (other than Paxil and Prozac). The
intentions of Cracked are good. But Cracked is taking baby steps up a very steep
hill. (By the way, this note is to my virtual friends at mediabistro.com, the CEO
and Publisher of Cracked, talked to me and we exchanged e-mails before the magazine
was launched, and that's why my name appears on the thank you list. No money was
Texas Monthly launched its first stand alone Fashion Magazine, featuring the
unique style and fashion of the state of Texas. But, this magazine feels as if it's
more for the money than for the love of fashion. Loaded with ads (hint: money), this
magazine fails to come close to what I expected from the folks at Texas Monthly. Also,
it seems as if they knew ahead of time that the quality of the supplement was not on
par with the mother ship. This may explain the absence of the editor of Texas Monthly Evan Smith from the masthead. As a stand alone from a different publisher it would
be fine, but as a supplement of this established, and award winning magazine, it
was surprisingly disappointing.
Grip Magazine is yet another addition to the wave of the so-called new ethnic
race called "urban". If you don't want to call your magazine a magazine for black
people or Hispanic people, then just call it urban, then you may be up for Grip.
Grip is a collection of everything urban. It speaks on a variety of topics in a
fun and sometimes humorous way. However, it does not speak well, even if it is as
a joke. The editor, serious or not, uses misspellings in his statement. Intentionally
or not, kreate is spelled with a c and not a k. So if you need a Grip, go and grab
one it's only $4.95.