When Hugo Lindgren took over as editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine in 2010, publisher Arthur Sulzberger asked whether he was going to keep the magazine’s signature “On Language” column.
“I hope I’m not talking out of school here,” Mr. Lindgren said, recollecting the incident. But in fact, he was talking in a school. He was addressing the magazine program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Aaron Sorkin’s back with another shot at television with the premiere of HBO’s latest, The Newsroom, last night. Like his ‘Sports Night‘ and ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip‘ before it, the show takes place in TV. Unlike those shows, they can say “fuck” on this one. Starring Jeff Daniels as the Olbermann-esque Will McEvoy, ‘The Newsroom‘ opens up by indicting America, and specifically, American media, and dares to answer the question: What would greatness in news look like in 2012?
Last night, he gave us an hour’s worth of answers. This morning, some editors of the Observer gathered to talk about how he managed the task.
SCENE: Sunday afternoon. An apartment living room, Brooklyn, reminiscent of Jodie Foster’s apartment in Carnage in the intended effect of its decor if not in its plushness. Television at center of room.
ROOMMATE: So, did you see Lana Del Rey Saturday night?
ROOMMATE: I read about it all over the Internet. Read More