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Spy vs. Rolling Stone
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You might think Rolling Stone would have the edge in this ignominious contest, coming out weekly as opposed to Spy's monthly. But I'm guessing that the Stone also has a much larger, higher-paid editorial staff, and this probably accounts for Spy's "victory" (by a score resembling that of a just slightly out-of-control hockey game).
Here's one I had hoped I wouldn't see: Spy wrote about "Barbara" Streisand. I fear the folks at Spy were baiting me.
Paranoid conspiracy theorists will note that men's names don't seem to be getting botched, with the exception of Mr. Bright Lights, Big City. It took a woman (my girlfriend, Jacqueline Dupree) to catch Rolling Stone's back-to-back butcherings of Kirstie Alley and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
By the way, the spellings I'm listing below are the correct spellings -- that is, the ones not used by the magazines in question. I had an embarrassing moment when, soliciting other commonly misspelled names, I sent fellow Posties a computer message mentioning a bunch of people already on my list (including Katharine Graham), spelling all names the right way. A top editor helpfully wrote back to point out that she thought Mrs. Graham's name was right the way I had it.
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