Samir Husni, the self-titled Mr. Magazine , or as we affectionately refer to him here at the rexblog, “Mr. Magazine Quote,” scored a big one today with this lead-grabbing, multi-quote placement in a U.S.A. Today story. Professor Husni soars with his observations on Martha Stewart’s acknowledgement that other people actually contribute to MSL. Mr. Magazine, who heretofore seemed to limit his quote-generation to the narrow niche of magazine launches, appears to be branching out.
(Note: the following is a rexblog parody quote. “I think the professor has brilliantly positioned himself as the universe’s leading quotation-generator on the topic of magazine launches,” said Rex Hammock, “However, I would caution him not to over-extend himself by trying to saturate the market with brand extensions into other categories like magazine redesign quotes. I fear that by doing this he might find himself in a quote competition against other noted magazine design quote brands like Roger Black or Milton Glaser.”)
Now, where was I? Oh yeah, I especially enjoyed Professor Magazine’s psychological observation of Ms. Stewart in today’s USA Today:
Two years ago, magazine expert Samir Husni sat on a magazine panel with Martha Stewart, and ”the only two words out of her mouth were ‘I’ and ‘me.’ ”
”I left that conference stunned,” says Husni, a University of Mississippi professor. ”I have an ego, but I was a babe in toyland compared to her.”
…(In the current issue of MSL) Stewart credits six colleagues in her ”letter from Martha” and is pictured with one of them. ”It’s the first time I remember her giving credit to anyone but herself,” Husni says. ”This has been a humbling experience.”
I believe Mr. Magazine is being way too humble, himself. From the number of times he says “I” and “my” on his website’s front page, it is clear he is no babe in toyland.