Fly on the Wall 

Skirt Watcher

Last week, The Commercial Appeal launched Skirt, a monthly publication described as a "local women's magazine that aims to connect not just to a woman's age group, marital status, or income level, but to her attitude." A week before, however, the CA ran a pair of articles proclaiming the death of women's magazines (actually, it was the same article twice). That means, in order to survive, Skirt is going to have to develop a regular male readership.

That's why the Fly team has created a drinking game centered around the "spirited, independent, outspoken, serious, playful and irreverent, sometimes controversial, always passionate" magazine. For starters, participants should take a shot every time they encounter adjective clusters like "spirited, independent, outspoken, serious, playful and irreverent." Players will also take shots under each of the following:

• Whenever the design elements on a page take up more physical space than text.

• Whenever the word "muse" appears. (We think we found eight in the first issue, but we can't be sure as we were already drunk.)

• Whenever you encounter cute neologisms like "shoeseum," which we assume is a museum for shoes.

• Whenever you see a picture of a dude in a dress. (This month, it's Playhouse on the Square mogul Jackie Nichols.)

So pick up a copy of Skirt and a bottle of your favorite sipping whiskey. Enjoy.

Headline o' the Week

My Eye Witness News reports (and awesomely, we might add) that there's a "pervert on the loose in Midtown Memphis." While that might not sound like news to most Midtowners, this "unkept" public masturbator was driving a green Chevy Trailblazer with Texas tags and an "I Love New York" bumper sticker, a semiotic combination suggesting a degree of derangement far beyond that of the average street perv.


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