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Scannerfest

Remember when I referred to my three-part strategy for posting to UMagazinology despite deadline hell? Strategy One was cut and paste an insight from somebody else for elaboration. Stategy Two was just outsource the whole post—thank you, Paul Dempsey! Strategy Three—monopolize the office scanner to post visuals and let the images do the talking! Let’s begin, shall we?

Clever new covers from NYU Alumni Magazine and Middlebury Magazine.

I feel certain that were Johns Hopkins Magazine to run Middlebury‘s cover, we would get at least one letter complaining about the hand containing three Obama cards and only two Romney cards. Probably from the same guy who sent us a huffy note a few years ago when editor Catherine Pierre referred to Gloria Steinem as “still beautiful.”

Next, a pair of cover portraits of attractive women that seem much different to me. College of Charleston Magazine has a great cover shot of boxer Lucia McKelvey. I especially love the pink boxing gloves. I’m less enamored of the cover of Georgetown Law. The magazine always has a cover portrait of a Georgetown law school person looking all lawyerly. Visually unexciting, but appropriate. This time the magazine opted for a portrait of Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. The fighter McKelvey is subject of a substantial feature profile inside Charleston. There is no cover story on Guthrie, per se—you have to page through all the way to the back cover before you come to a few hundred words of editorial content pertaining to her—which to me makes the Georgetown Law cover feel gratuitously babe-ish.

I am rarely in favor of smiling-subject-facing-the-camera covers, but is this Sarah Lawrence cover not the best? (Photo by Don Hamerman.)

Apparently great Wisconsin minds think alike. First, from the new issue of On Wisconsin, a feature spread on something called Little Free Libraries.

Then, in Beloit College Magazine, a feature spread on . . . Little Free Libraries.

Finally, I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Cute animals are cheating. But look at this guy’s face. What’s not to love? From Portland.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. UMagazinology should resume some semblance of normal publication next week.

Eight questions for Suzanne Gray

Next up for the merciless UMagazinology grilling is Suzanne Gray, editor of Sarah Lawrence.

How long have you been in your job?

Four years.

What has proven to be the most significant thing you had to learn to do that job?

How to say no gracefully.

What has been your best experience at the magazine?

I get a thrill every time I give a writer feedback and she responds with a revision that’s 10 times better than the original. That’s how I know I’m in the right job.

What has proven to be your biggest frustration?

I have no staff, though I’m lucky to work with some talented and committed freelancers. Since I have to manage everything myself, if I get stuck in the mire, the whole schedule gets stuck with me. The lack of staff is an important (though not the only) reason that our beautiful, smart magazine is published just twice a year, which is another frustration.

What part of your magazine never quite satisfies you, despite everybody’s best effort?

The cover. I feel like I haven’t figured out the secret of making covers that are both mouthwatering and relevant. But maybe I’m just paranoid because at the last Editors Forum, Samir Husni (“Mr. Magazine”) ridiculed what I thought was my most winning cover to date. (It had four burlesque dancers on it—how bad could it be?)

What story are you proudest to have published?

The story from our spring issue about a dad taking his preschool daughter into the woods to play. It is beautifully written, it deals with big ideas about nature and education, and it was the rare institutionally mandated story that made people cry.

If you could commission a story from any writer in the world, who would it be?

George Saunders—his writing is thoughtful, funny, and deeply humane. Plus he has no fear of the bizarre, which would surely be a plus.

If you weren’t an editor, what would your dream job be?

I love dream jobs and always keep one in my pocket to console myself when I’ve had a bad day. My current dream job is to be a search-and-rescue work in the mountains, with a highly trained dog by my side. I’d get to spend lots of time in the woods, brave perilous conditions to help stricken mountaineers, and hopefully get a cool nickname like Strider or Thunderstorm Sue. Plus I’d be in great shape from all the hiking. AND I’d have a dog. (This dream job probably means it’s time to go on a camping trip.)