I am a Zoomer but today is the first time I’ve ever bought a Zoomer magazine. I’ve seen it advertised on TV and was tempted to go out looking for one when they were plugging the issue featuring Tony Bennett but, alas, never did. I think that if my closest Chapters store carries it, they have it hidden somewhere. I was in another branch today near where I was meeting someone for dinner and they had a lot of copies visibly located and after a brief glance I decided it was worth the cover price. (Very reasonable at $4.95.) This issue is on the stands until August 10th and there is a draw to win a tablet for anyone who enrols in the Zoomer Perks program. (Details just inside the front cover opposite an alluring photo of an exclusive resort in RealDelMar, Mexico. Wow!!)
This edition has lots of interesting articles. There is a great story about the founders of the Roots brand with lots of photos of their getaway cabin in Algonquin Park and you can see a couple of shirts from their Tom Thomson Collection based on the work of the Canadian artist famous for his paintings of Algonquin Park where he mysteriously vanished in 1917.
The culture section features stories about Elvis Presley, still King 37 years after his death, and Moses Znaimer’s television museum in Toronto’s Liberty Village that includes, among other very early TVs, Marilyn Monroe’s TV. Znaimer, of course, branched out from collecting early television history to become CEO of ZoomerMedia which includes VisionTV and Zoomer magazine. There is also an article based on an interview with Zoomer Michael Douglas where he talks about life as he approaches 70 and his latest movies, All Grown Up and And So It Goes and working with Rob Reiner, Matt Damon, and Diane Keaton . . . “she has a wonderful sense of humour . . . is a hell of a singer . . . and a good kisser.”
There are articles about health and travel spots from different areas of Canada as well as one about the speculation sparked years ago when Princess Margaret Rose (younger sister of now Queen Elizabeth) took a shine to Canadian lawyer and future politician and Prime Minister, John Turner. Tongues were wagging!
The section on books is divided according to character traits, the first one being Social Networkers. (This was of special interest after coming fro the movie, Chef, where the main character opens a can of worms by using Twitter to respond to a restaurant critic and unwittingly tweeting his hundreds of thousands of followers. Great movie I’ll talk about later in the week.) The first is called Based on a True Story which is a satire by a Canadian Globe and Mail columnist and Zoomer contributor, Elizabeth Renzetti. The Silkworm (by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith), is second in a crime series featuring Detective Cormoran Strike where the victim was about to publish a tell-all book that could ruin almost everyone he knows. My favourite and being added to my “To Read” list, is called To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris. You’ve heard of identity theft? Well this time, the victim likes the life invented for the fictitious him better than the life he has! What to do, what to do!!
There are other books reviewed that appeal to the Art Enthusiast, the Global Thinker, the Flag Waver, and Info Junkies. The book of Ron Galella’s photos from the ’70s and ’80s and the stories behind them sound like interesting reading. (Galella photographed Jackie O more than anyone else.) His book is called, simply, Ron Galella: New York. The most interesting, for me, under Info Junkies is the book about CIA operative, Robert Ames, who might have successfully brokered a peace initiative “between the West and the Arab world had he not been assassinated.” The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird.
Lots of great reading in this magazine and and great ideas of what to add to your reading list. * * * *
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