Bad Idea: The anthology, ed Jack Roberts and Daniel Stacey
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Sunday 15 June 2008
Addressing a class at Berkley's Graduate School, Clay Felker, the owner of The Village Voice and co-founder of New York magazine, suggested to the future editors of Bad Idea magazine that the internet age was promoting an interest in "the obscure, in the trivial and private". He complained that people didn't understand what a magazine was any more: "A magazine has to stand for values that a lot of people care about, and take an interest in. It has to be about a Big Idea."
After a little reflection, those editors, Roberts and Stacey, decided to ditch their "obscurantist personal obsessions" and involve themselves in "real" journalism. Nurtured by mentors such as Roger Law, of Spitting Image fame, and Lou McLeod, then a publisher at News International, they ignored the bitter loons who run modern publishing and launched Bad Idea.
From Patrick Neate's thoughts on why cricket is such a great source of metaphor to Daniel Stacey's investigative piece on sex and the internet, or Laura Barton's notes on the murky operations of a coroner's court, this is a great selection of work.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West