The Last Critic
No one cares to make the connection, but it’s a glaring fact: Our most recent two presidents have whopping daddy problems. All men have some kind of daddy problem, but not all men have a whopping daddy problem. The Oedipal difference between George Bush Jr. and Barack Obama Jr. is that the former’s father was Read More
We nabbed Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter just as he was chatting with David Rosenthal of Simon & Schuster, who published Alter’s The Promise earlier this month.
Alter was on his way to “The Obama Book Club,” a 2 p.m. reading with him and Steven Rattner. Rattner’s book, Overhaul, deals with the president’s auto bailouts; The Read More
Even if Fox News and the White House are not on the best of terms, the White House apparently wants to keep a fine relationship with the Wall Street Journal.
Ben Smith reported today:
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel kept a backchannel open to News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, telling him the White Read More
Editors at Newsweek are taking on extracurricular activities.
Managing editor Dan Klaidman has signed a contract with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to write his first book, which will explore President Obama’s anti-terrorism policy, according to Mike Allen’s Playbook.
Danny calls it “a narrative that takes readers inside the administration’s efforts to re-balance terrorism policies Read More
Noam Scheiber, the columnist and senior editor at The New Republic, is writing a book about the Obama administration’s handling of the economic crisis. It will be published by the flagship imprint of Simon & Schuster and overseen by editor in chief Priscilla Painton, who acquired the book at auction last month. According to Ms. Read More
Not long ago Media Mob reported that The Washington Post’s David Maraniss is in talks with Simon & Schuster about writing a book on President-elect Barack Obama. Now comes word that Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter is, too.
The two books will be quite different: Where Mr. Maraniss means to write a retrospective biography Read More
Who was the big media star of the weekend? The Huffington Post’s citizen journalist extraordinaire Mayhill Fowler, of course! After her rope line "interview" with Bill Clinton made headlines, Ms. Fowler has found herself at the center of a journalistic ethics-new-new-new media kerfuffle.
Here’s a snapshot of Ms. Fowler’s big weekend Read More
Junot You Can’t Wait Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog has an interview with Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz (Does he still smile every time he hears that?) and an excerpt from a work-in-progress he’s calling Dark America. New York‘s Vulture Blog (which tipped us off to the link) says "It’s pretty rad…"
Mixed Read More
On Imus in the Morning today, Howard Fineman went after Imus for failing to promote hs friend Jonathan Alter’s book about the first 100 days of the Roosevelt presidency. Then as Imus came back at him, Fineman admitted that he hadn’t read the book. This used to be called the Old Boy Network. Don’t these Read More
What does it mean when a news-weekly becomes the news story of the week? On May 18, Newsweek invited its rank-and-file staff to join the editors in the conference room for the weekly cover meeting to address the implications, both internal and external.
The expanded invitation was a break from the usual Wednesday routine, according Read More