Ed Driscoll

Eighties Snark and Style? You're Soaking in it

Spy magazine, which ran from 1986 until 1996 is in the process of being digitized by Google; click here to scroll the issues already online. For those who don’t remember the uber-1980s New York magazine, it was loaded with snark and satire, named after the publication that employed Jimmy Stewart in The Philadelphia Story and inspired by the long-running British magazine Private Eye.

I subscribed to Spy for a few years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, until the unending piles of bitter snark eventually wore me out, but clicking and scrolling through what’s online now at Google, between the topics of the magazine and the graphic design of the ads, the whole eighties zeitgeist comes flooding back, in a sudden Vidal Sassoonian rush. (For those who’d like a handy portable hard copy version, the 2006 retrospective Spy: The Funny Years is, as its name implies also lots of fun, but alas, not scrollable.

(H/T: JL)