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We recently noticed an interesting reader-submitted review on Amazon for Jessica Grose’s new novel Sad Desk Salad. Slate editor David Plotz (Ms. Grose’s former boss, as she was a senior editor at Slate and most recently wrote for the site in August 2012) submitted a review just like any other normal book-buyer. “I Read More
The Eight-Day Week
“Last night we did a version of this where we walked down the aisle!” said Atlantic senior editor Hanna Rosin at the beginning of a debate last Wednesday at the Maritime Hotel, on occasion of the publication of her book, The End of Men. “It was like our wedding!”
She had just come onstage along Read More
Hanna Rosin of the Atlantic has that slightly troll-y publication’s knack for provocation—she’s just published a book called The End of Men: And the Rise of Women. But that’s not the whole story—oh, no, Ms. Rosin has committed to her viewpoint, engaging her husband, Slate editor David Plotz, in a debate over whether or not Read More
Does this count as breaking character? Stephen Colbert is such a huge fan of Slate’s Gabfest podcast that he once called editor David Plotz to ask why an episode was late, according to a Nieman piece on the economics of podcasting from earlier this week. (Mr. Colbert had previously showed his hand when he Read More
We promised you we’d report back to you in short order, and now we will: The Eliot Spitzer resurrection project of 2009 continues, and his next stop will be NBC’s Today Show.
Mr. Spitzer will be sitting down with Matt Lauer on Monday, April 6. Presumably, he’ll be talking about the financial crisis, Read More
Welcome back, Mr. ex-Governor.
This week the Steamroller has been on a roll, writing columns about the financial mess on Slate, appearing to talk about it on national TV and on the radio at WNYC, giving an interview to the Times and floated across a magazine cover as the best next Treasury secretary. That’s all Read More
In a season of media cutbacks, thus far the staffers at Slate have escaped the scythe. Editor David Plotz has made no layoffs, and is expecting none in the future.
Even more remarkably, Mr. Plotz is sending his writers out of the office to go work from home and pull together a big Read More
As John Koblin reported yesterday, Condé Nast is implementing across the board budget cuts. Men’s Vogue was forced to reformat itself down to a glorified supplement to its big sister publication; Portfolio is dramatically scaling back its Web site and limiting its run from 12 issues a year to 10.
Like the Read More
Do undecided voters dream of aerial wolf hunts? Slate’s David Plotz sure hopes so.
After a series of disturbing dreams featuring Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, he’s inviting readers to contribute any and all dreams about Ms. Palin.
Here’s his call for entries:
Palin has gripped the American imagination in Read More
The Slate family is getting bigger, and consquently, a restructuring is in order! David Plotz, longtime deputy for the thinky, contrarian Web magazine, is becoming the new chief editor of the site. He’ll be the third editor of the 12-year-old site, succeeding Jacob Weisberg who succeeded Michael Kinsley. Weisberg will now oversee all the Slate Read More