QUICK WORK: The New Yorker’s biannual style issue arrives on newsstands today, albeit with a much different tone than past iterations because of the aftermath in Japan. Staff writer Evan Osnos flew from China (where he is based) to Japan last week and filed almost 4,800 words on the days following the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis. “The carnage seemed likely to be greater than any loss of Japanese life since the atom bombs,” Osnos reported, noting that, for the Japanese people, earthquakes are “a constant.” He observed very little looting or undue panic and “almost no acts of political exploitation.”
Meanwhile, a co-host at Japan’s largest commercial broadcaster told Osnos the public is brainwashed, in terms of the communication they receive from the government, explaining they pay little attention to independent journalists or updates on the Web or Twitter. “The Japanese public has become accustomed to receiving no information.”
The weekly still plans to run a few style-related pieces, which had Lauren Collins riding on the back of Christian Louboutin’s Vespa for a chilly ride in Paris and Malcolm Gladwell reviewing a biography of Helena Rubinstein and Eugène Schueller, founder of L’Oréal. And Alexandra Jacobs’ interviews the founder of Spanx. Unfortunately, the issue will not include a word about how editor David Remnick had the fashion world buzzing during his recent trip to Milan Fashion Week (did anyone manage to get a picture of Remnick with Bryanboy at the Prada show?). A spokeswoman noted the issue is up almost 32 percent in ad pages versus a year ago.
— Amy Wicks