Not so long ago, John Freeman, the former president of the National Book Critics Circle and until recently the editor of Granta, was very likely the most prolific writer about books on the planet. By his estimate, he would file as many as six articles per week—reviews or author profiles—and had a “220-spoke universe of newspapers” that he would syndicate his articles to, a pre-recession ubiquity that he admits would be impossible to maintain now.
“I was just working nonstop,” he said in an interview at his apartment in Manhattan. He gave off an air of fastidiousness, even in a T-shirt and jeans. “It was great, because I felt like a book factory. Books arrived at my door, I sat down and read them, I’d write about them, I’d get them out to people. It was just like this conveyer belt, which sounds really unromantic. But everything I did was somehow related to what I was reading or what I was writing about. I felt like this head attached to a machine.”
THE MEDIA PATRIARCHY
Yesterday, we asked (and answered) the question: Is The New Yorker a total bro-fest? Last night, some editors from The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Granta took a moment to address it.
THE MEDIA PATRIARCHY
“Who knew The New Yorker was such a total bro-fest?” asks an Atlantic Wire writer, pointing to the VIDA: Women In Literary Arts study, started in 2010 with the question of sussing out whether or not “gender discrimination in the publishing world was entirely anecdotal.” So they counted. And guess what?
It isn’t! And they have wonderful pie-graphs and charts to prove it.
Like n+1 and The Paris Review, Granta is establishing a jazzy new web presence for itself: the magazine has launched an online archive of all issues dating back to 1979.
“No more hunting through charity shop bins, or stealing them from your friends,” said editor John Freeman in Read More
According to Bill Buford, doing a “20 under 40″ fiction issue of The New Yorker in 1999 was David Remnick’s idea, even if it was inspired by similar lists that Mr. Buford had published as editor of Granta. The U.K.-based quarterly’s first “Best British Novelists” list ran in 1983 and has appeared every 10 years Read More
Booze & Books
Granta celebrated its Sex issue with a party Thursday night at “erotic luxury” shop Coco de Mer.
There were leather muzzles and manifold dildos and Stella McCartney lingerie and scantily-clad part-time models distributing postcards. The latest issue of the magazine was displayed next to a penis candle. Kelly Clarkson played, and guests mostly did not Read More
Granta has gone a little racy for its Spring issue this year.
The issue’s theme, you may have guessed, is Sex.
New editor John Freeman, who took over in June, has said he’d like the historic quarterly to be a bit riskier.
“We need to be bolder, stop being so respectable, and take more risks—stylistically, Read More
John Freeman has been named the actual, official editor of Granta. Prior to this he was Acting Editor. The literary magazine said today that they were “delighted to announce his confirmation.”
Freeman, whom Leon Neyfakh profiled this summer, was known as a prolific reviewer and president of the National Book Read More
On Monday, Sept. 22, Chelsea’s 192 Books on 10th Avenue was packed for a party celebrating Granta: 108 Chicago, the London-based quarterly’s issue dedicated to the Windy City, featuring pieces by Don DeLillo, Aleksander Hemon, George Saunders, Sandra Cisneros and Stuart Dybek, among many others. “I feel like Chicago is having its moment right now,” Read More
Addressing the crowd from the cash register-cum-bar, John Freeman gave a classic old-media rallying cry.
“Magazines and bookstores are in the same boat,” he told the crowd. “We’re all floating or sinking together.”
Mr. Freeman hosted his first release party as Granta editor on Thursday night at Three Lives & Co. But whatever his trepidation Read More