Memo Pad: Numbers, Please... Power Trip... Vroom, Vroom

After eight issues, how's Portfolio selling? The answer has been guesstimated by nearly every magazine executive inside and outside Conde Nast.

POWER TRIP: Barack Obama's camp was quick to show senior adviser Samatha Power to the door for calling Hillary Clinton a monster last week. Not surprisingly, the Harvard Pulitzer Prize-winning author has been keeping a low profile since last week's brouhaha. But apparently she is not above talking smack about herself.

In an interview in the current issue of Amtrak's Arrive magazine, Power recalled her surprise at being invited to give a commencement speech in 2006: "Inexplicably, you chose me, a woman who was a decidedly average student in law school, who never took the bar exam and who, despite shelling out 100,000 bucks, still can't quite decided what she wants to do with her life. I can't imagine why, after three years in law school, any of you would identify with these particular qualities."

Aside from winning a Pulitzer for her book "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide," landing on Time magazine's Top Thinkers of 2004 list and inking a new book "Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World," Power has played hoops with fellow Darfur activist George Clooney, "making her more than just the self-proclaimed 'Genocide Chick.'"

Unlike the politics-based Q&A with Power Arrive executive editor Leigh Flayton wrote for Salon last month, the Arrive piece highlights her favorite Boston spots and runs with a shot of Power wearing a fur coat and hot pink scarf and walking on a Winthrop, Mass., beach. The story appears on the magazine's back page, perhaps aptly named Final Stop.
— Rosemary Feitelberg

VROOM, VROOM: Ferrari has struck a deal with Condé Nast Contract Publishing (CNCP) to coproduce a magazine entirely dedicated to the high-performance Italian luxury car brand. According to the carmaker, Ferrari will consolidate its previous publishing activities into one global publication, which will be "editorially ground-breaking, with content specifically aimed at those high-income individuals who are owners of Ferrari cars around the world."

In English, with an initial print run of 30,000 copies, the magazine will be directed by editor in chief Antonio Ghini — communications and brand management director at Ferrari for the last 15 years — who will be joined by editor Jason Barlow, a journalist who is also contributing editor for the motoring section of British GQ. The magazine's director will be Rebecca Smith, formerly of British Vogue and creative director of Lula Magazine. Melinda Chandler, a former Condé Nast promotions director, will be the magazine's advertisement director.
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