Fresh Talk

The queen of buzz uncorks a monthly that's gritty, smart and spunky. But is it new, or old?

In the very first feature spread of the very first issue of her new magazine, Talk, editor Tina Brown's formula of mixing high culture and low comes into view like a pop in the nose. It's a haute-fashion shoot at a real Las Vegas boxing match, with a model, dressed by Helmut Lang, cavorting with Tony Curtis and George Foreman. On the cover, Hillary Clinton looks heavenward as if invoking divine guidance for her husband's "sin of weakness," Gwyneth Paltrow crawls on a leopard-print rug, and George W. Bush looks as if he's about to cut loose with some earthy language...

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