Mag Cover of the Week.

Kim Kardashian finally lands her first Aussie glossy cover, Cleo‘s November issue.

The beachyness of the cover is obviously a step away from the quirky frankie-meets-Nylon essence that former editor Sarah Oakes evoked, channelling more of a typical Aussie girl vibe. Although I’m not sure many typical Aussie girls look like Kim in a bikini… I certainly don’t!

Magazines: Goodbye Notebook:, It Was Nice Knowing You.

Why on earth News Magazines would get rid of one of its best titles in Notebook: is a mystery to me.

While Notebook: wasn’t a magazine I bought religiously each month, based on its reviews on Girl with a Satchel (where I found out about its discontinuation) or a quick skim of its cover, it was often one I would buy and feel all warm and fuzzy inside after reading it, much like InsideOut or frankie.

There were always fab recipes, home decorating ideas, eye-opening human interest stories and quirky features. One that springs to mind focussed on a baby-boomer mother (or perhaps grandmother) and a Gen Y daughter and the romance movies of their time. Such flicks as An Officer & a Gentleman, His Girl Friday and An Affair to Remember were added to my “to watch” list.

Also, the calendar I’ve been using all year was a freebie with Notebook: (see below).

According to the Girl with a Satchel article, “Notebook: has struggled to find its feet since its 2008 redesign, at which point it did away with its traditional flower-and-vase covers, opting instead to run generic models, as well as ditching its trademark ‘tabs’ in favour of monthly postcards and bookmarks.”

To borrow another quote from GWAS, “Notebook: will be sorely missed.”

On the (Rest of the) Net.

Frock & Roll asks “What Makes a Compelling Website?” Frequent updates, a unique writing style, an interesting story to tell and expertise (on things like “how to make a pillowcase from a DVD player”). Also, the final instalment of “The Blogger’s Guide to Hustling” is now online.

Darling of the magazine world, Frankie, is profiled on Pedestrian.TV.

A pro-hunting friend of mine put me on to this article featured in The Age, entitled “Men Who Kill”. The provocative title certainly reflects what a lot of animal-loving, vegetarian Greenies think about hunters (I, myself, have conflicting feelings about being a meat-eating, leather-wearing, zoo-goer versus being staunchly against animal cruelty, puppy mills/pet shops, fur, whaling etc.), but one quote from the article is particularly thought-provoking: “It’s [the rabbit] out and about and ‘bang’, the next thing it knows is nothing. It’s not tormented by a slaughter yard or fed hormones.”

In other Barbie news, Chloë Browne, guest blogging at Em & Lo, asserts that you can be a feminine feminist… and a Barbie connoisseur. Amen.

To celebrate season two of Jersey Shore, The Atlantic thinks that “We Are All Snooki”, the undisputed breakout star of the show, in terms of “crafting public selves”. Only Snooki’s public self is a whole lot more outrageous and famous than most of ours.

Bret Easton Ellis does The Babysitters Club? WTF? But he does it oh so well. For example, Kristy says, “Like, sorry that you have diabetes Stacey, but do we have to spend half the afternoon discussing it? And yeah, it really bums me out to watch Claudia snort up half those Pixie Stix when she is so blatantly trying to get attention to her sugar problem…” Speaking of Claudia, her chapter is far better; very passive aggressive, in the vein of BEE:

“We were going 30 in a 25 mph Stoneybrook crossing lane, my dad’s hands clenched white against the wheel while I could practically hear him grinding his teeth all the way in the backseat. I was sitting next to my older sister Janine, who had spent the last three days on some sort of cleanse diet because she was, in her words, ‘packing on the pounds like I was the one eating all the junk food.’ Or because someone had switched out her carefully hidden birth control pills with orange Tic Tacs last month. Either one.”

Sometimes it seems my sister and I are the only ones on the face of the earth who have seen/remember/love the ’80s teen movie, Teen Witch. Until Jezebel profiled it! Above, a choice rap clip from the film!

Erica Bartle has a discusses the perils of committing to a comprehensive review of all the September issues and promotes blog loving on Girl with a Satchel.

An oldie but a goodie: “The Self-Manufacture of Megan Fox” at The New York Times.

We can’t have “On the (Rest of the) Net” without the requisite Mad Men link. This week it’s “Mad Men’s Very Modern Sexism Problem” at The Atlantic.