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04.21.2014
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Memo Pad: Off The Wagon... Political Beat... Jesse Oxfeld...

Steven Meisel gives his own take on a current celebrity phenomenon - rehab - in this month's Italian Vogue, which hits newsstands this week.

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Jesse Oxfeld, currently the editor of Daily Intelligencer on nymag.com, will become a senior editor and take on some of Wasserstein's duties, working on the Intelligencer section with Carl Swanson. He will move into his new role in mid-August, and will continue to have a hand in Daily Intelligencer, a spokeswoman said. — Irin Carmon and Stephanie D. Smith

NEW MAN:
After two months of kissing and blogging on glamour.com, stand-up comedian Michael Somerville has won the online contest to become Glamour magazine's Jake columnist and reveal all about his dating-in-the-city adventures. Somerville beat out Radar editor Neel Shah and GQ contributor Adam Stein for the honor, and will begin doling out advice on love and sex to the title's readers in the August issue. For 51 years, a variety of "Jakes" have dished about their singleton experiences until a major life change — like marriage — dictates their departure. Though the column was written anonymously, previous Jakes included Bud Palmer, a former New York Knick, and New York Times contributor Andrew Postman, who later wrote a book about his experience, called "Now I Know Everything." The most recent anonymous Jake gave up the column because he's getting married.

But clearly, facelessness doesn't cut it any longer when it comes to the column. To find his replacement, Glamour launched a contest where readers chose either Somerville, Shaw or Stein, based on the three writers' blogs detailing their love lives (including dates with Glamour fashion editor Ashley Baker). Somerville will write the column as long as he's still single in the city. The magazine will unveil the winner on CBS' "The Early Show" on July 10, the day the August issue hits newsstands. But since issues in New York and Los Angeles show up a week earlier, glamour.com will name Somerville as the new Jake today. — S.D.S.

TINA'S L.A. TURN: "Women always seem to come back after difficult times. It's like a badge of honor," Arianna Huffington told the 18 women gathered in her Brentwood home June 25 for a girls' lunch honoring Tina Brown.
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