No Hard Feelings Between GQ and The New York Times Magazine

pulphead No Hard Feelings Between GQ and The New York Times MagazineWhen Hugo Lindgren poached GQ story editor Joel Lovell for his revamp of The New York Times Magazine late last year, one bonus was that John Jeremiah Sullivan’s byline migrated alongside him. A”Southern editor” and essayist with a National Magazine Award under his belt, Mr. Sullivan was seen as a rising star among GQ contributors. 

In May, Mr. Sullivan published a review of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, and in June, he made a memorable debut* as a Times magazine contributor with “You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!” about visiting Disneyland stoned. (He remains a GQ correspondent.)

Now that Mr. Sullivan’s first essay collection, Pulphead, has been received with near-universal adulation, Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Lovell made a brief return to the old neighborhood. On GQ.com, this month, they “rap” about the “making” of the “classic” Pulphead pieces, in a behind-the-curtain Q&A moderated by current GQ associate editor Daniel Riley.

“Most of the stories collected there, after all, were first published in GQ,” Mr. Riley wrote.

Mr. Sullivan praised editor Jim Nelson (absent from the rap session) for his open mind, liberal use of red pen, and generous invites to the magazine’s swank Men of the Year shindig.

“Jim was really cool to invite me and fly me out to L.A.,” Mr. Sullivan wrote, “you know, it was like he was throwing the writers some love.”

*Technically, this one was first.