The Wee Hours
One Man's Opinion
Outside the French ambassador’s home the people of Washington, D.C., mobbed John Legend as if the city had never before seen a star. David Arquette walked out of the gates and met bunches of fans clutching outdated head shots and fresh sharpies. David Byrne emerged, and a man broke into a sprint, holding in his Read More
The Last Critic
The Morning News‘ Robert Birnbaum interviewed David Remnick recently, and published an unabridged transcript of their talk. It is really fantastic. A few excerpts here.
Mr. Remnick on Slate:
“Michael [Kinsley] invented one of the first really good, uh, call it a magazine, paper, whatever—I guess paper is not the word we should use … Read More
The Future, There's an editor for That
Amid all the hubbub provoked by The New Yorker‘s “20 Under 40″ list, one elephant-sized fact has been hidden in plain view. Fiction has become culturally irrelevant.
A great novel, one that is for the ages, can still be written. Memorable stories, long and short, continue to be created. Without a doubt, the next Read More
David Remnick’s magazine will become the second Condé Nast title after Wired to develop an iPad app with Adobe instead of Condé’s internal digital team, according to Memo Pad.
Following Wired lead comes with the unenviable task of living up to that magazine’s numbers out of the gate (the Wired iPad app out-sold Read More
Booze & Books
If you’re an editor these days, grab a soapbox and talk about a paywall.
Last month, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger hit New York and went on Charlie Rose to talk about what a tragedy it would be for editors to charge readers for content. “I think it is a very profound statement journalistically to Read More
One Man's Opinion
“Writing as a form of suffering is no longer possible when you publish yourself,” Garrison Keillor told the audience at the Authors’ Guild Gala last night at Tribeca Roof. “When you become your own publicist, you have to interview yourself.”
Mr. Keillor riffed on the gloom accompanying the heralded death of print and the deprofessionalization Read More
The Big Four-Oh
David Remnick reliably calls back reporters, so when you see that he has done a Q & A with Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic paper printed in London, it shouldn’t come as any surprise.
In the interview, Mr. Remnick told the paper that, yes, one day, people will have to pay for news, and Read More
Sam Lipsyte’s recent novel The Ask has been almost universally praised by critics. Over the weekend A.O. Scott wrote in The New York Times that the author sums up “the formative experiences of his generation in a voice seemingly characteristic of that overeducated, insecure demographic cohort, who came of age in the late Read More
Editors At Large
On Saturday morning, May Day, we announced to friends that this would surely be the best day of all our lives. Nothing invigorates us like warm weather and sweeping pronouncements.
We will not comment upon the success of the best-day plan, but we certainly tried our hardest. Orchestrating the Best Day of Our Lives required Read More
David Remnick walked up to the stage, slipped on his glasses, and smiled. It was Wednesday night, and a mostly older crowd had gathered at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square to ask Mr. Remnick questions about his new book, The Bridge.
Mr. Remnick opened with a joke about how little editorial experience he Read More