Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Drucker out at Town & Country


(The new guy.)

HERE.

Kind of a major bummer because the cover of the current issue is HILARIOUS. It's like, "What your husband really thinks of your plastic surgery," and I think it covers divorce, etc. I saw it and thought, "This is AWESOME. It's like Town & Country as read by people who watch the Real Housewives franchise." (AKA, me.)

Sigh. Bummer. Wonder what he's up to next.

17 comments:

mamacita said...

An American Tatler would be awesome. I love how frank they are about gold digging and class-climbing.

mary said...

I hated to see Steven Drucker leave HB--he was amazing there.

maison21 said...

that was fast!

Sharon @ Real Estate Resuscitation said...

Definitely T&C's loss in my opinion. I'm a big SD fan.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Such a bummer. I wish he never left HB!

Lavender said...

ohhh, pooh!

Someone give the man a magazine!

I am a Mr. Drucker groupie and miss him at House Beautiful. Never saw the appeal of T&C and wondered what he could possibly do there apart from giving it mouth to mouth.

Surely, with that big gaping hole in the shelter magazine world, they could create him a new perch from which to dazzle us with?

Is it too much to ask?

Lavender said...

ohhh, pooh!

Someone give the man a magazine!

I am a Mr. Drucker groupie and miss him at House Beautiful. Never saw the appeal of T&C and wondered what he could possibly do there apart from giving it mouth to mouth.

Surely, with that big gaping hole in the shelter magazine world, they could create him a new perch from which to dazzle us with?

Is it too much to ask?

couchseattle.com said...

HB sucks now after being warm and narrative under him. i think they need to bring him back.

Sara said...

I agree about HB not having that zip anymore. Drucker had an edge, and I saw it just starting to brim out in T&C, but he wasn't there long enough to make it last.

Sounds like he wanted too much change, they wouldn't bend, so rather than be a part of a bad magazine...he left. I never subscribed to T&C until Drucker came. I thought he'd make it interesting, not just fashion and wedding announcements. Oh well. He's surely not gone forever, the man is too creative.

Matt Finish said...

While wishing no ill to Newell Turner, I must say I miss Mr. Drucker at H&G, it isn't quite the same. But it takes time for a new editor to find his voice.
And I am still curious to see where Elle Decor will go now that Michael Boodro has taken over. He seems clever enough to know that readers don't want dramatic change.
Speaking of which, I have to say that I was shocked to see Drucker's BFF Ina Garten and Nora Ephron on Town and Country's cover a few months ago...It just seemed like too far a leap from what T&C has always been.

Anonymous said...

Cannot agree with all the druckerlove. I still like House Beautiful and don't notice any supposedly missing "warm and narrative" quality--there's a bigger variety of projects now under Newell Turner. Mr. Drucker was a little smug too. Don't miss that.

Jules said...

Maison21 took the words out of my mouth. That was fast.

p.s. Good to have you back. You were my favorite NY Times digest.

Anonymous said...

Oh for god's sake why? He hardly had unpacked his stuff. What is going on? Do they really wonder why the readership of magazines are down? Loyal followers get the run around and they don't give new readers a chance to get a feel for what someone has to offer and to see where the magazine is headed. I used to have masses of subscriptions and have let it dwindle to about 3 or 4. I hate all this tinkering.

home before dark said...

T&C is too small a market. Just let them email each other. As for Newell Turner. I hated his house project. I'm not buying HB. He won't last long either...I hope: boring, boring, boring.

Anonymous said...

As for Newell Turner. I hated his house project. I'm not buying HB.

That'll show 'em!

Anonymous said...

"Do they really wonder why the readership of magazines are down?"

Readership is not down. Advertising revenue is.

Anonymous said...

from gawker.com:

Remember how Town & Country editor Stephen Drucker was unceremoniously replaced last week, after only a year on the job? We feel it's our duty to inform you of the current gossip, which is this: Drucker's longtime partner is high end real estate broker Frank Newbold. Frank Newbold is the business partner of Ina Garten, the "Barefoot Contessa." Drucker has a habit of putting Ina Garten, somewhat incongruously, in the magazines he's editing. He did at Martha Stewart Living, he did it at House Beautiful, and—yes—Ina Garten (and Nora Ephron) graced the cover of the December 2010 issue of Town & Country. The one that came out just before Drucker's exit. Some insiders find his connection with Ina Garten to be... gauche. HOWEVER, Hearst has consistently said that Drucker left the magazine of his own volition. And a Town & Country spokesperson tells us, "Stephen and Ina have had a professional and personal relationship for many years. She and Nora Ephron had just published new books at the time — plus they are personal friends — so it made sense to put them on the cover together. Stephen felt they made great T&C subjects, and he was right as evidenced by how well that issue sold." So there you have it. Lots of smoke, but no official fire.