Dept. of Corrections
Nanette Vonnegut, daughter of Slaughterhouse Five author Kurt, wrote a letter to Harper’s to correct a parenthetical assertion in the October “New Books” column that she was once married to mustachioed talk show host Geraldo Rivera. She was not, but her sister was.
When we started talking about the branding potential of provocative magazine covers earlier this month—thanks to the young Aram Grumet—we can’t say we expected the conversation to include Harper’s. We don’t usually appreciate the political cartoons and subtle photography on its covers until we’re halfway done with the issue.
Then we saw June!
off the record
“She has the absolute right credentials and literary sensibility for what we need” Harper’s editor Ellen Rosenbush said of Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn, who was hired as a senior editor last week.
Ms. Foley-Mendelssohn, who begins her new job the first week of April, currently oversees the Paris Review Daily blog, which she joined from The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog last year. Her replacement at The Paris Review has yet to be named.
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.
Did anyone else notice the little Leftist fracas that broke out in The New York Times Book Review this weekend?
Bloomberg View columnist Michael Kinsley’s review of Baffler editor and Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank’s conservative-debunking tract, Pity the Billionaire, elicited two spirited letters from Mr. Frank’s corner.
Zadie Smith is going on leave for an “indefinite period” from writing the New Books column at Harper’s magazine, according to the AP. The author of Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry, will be writing it instead. Editor Ellen Rosenbush’s declared goal of getting more women published in the magazine seems to be on track, however.
Earlier this month, The Atlantic shocked many by announcing that, for the first time in decades, they had made some money on an actual smart-person magazine. To what strategy did it owe this windfall of profit, which totaled a respectable $1.8 million? Why, the Internet, apparently! In 2010 digital advertising for The Atlantic jumped Read More
Wall Street Journal columnist Thomas Frank is leaving the broadsheet to take over Harper’s Easy Chair column for editor Ellen Rosenbush.
Here’s the release:
New York City, August 2, 2010-Harper’s Magazine today announced that
Thomas Frank has joined the magazine as its monthly columnist.
Beginning with the December issue, Frank will pen Read More
After nearly six months as the acting editor of Harper’s Magazine following the departure of Roger Hodge, Ellen Rosenbush will keep the title of editor for good. Harper’s president and check-writer Rick MacArthur announced the news in a release this morning. Ms. Rosenbush was the managing editor of the magazine from 1989 Read More
Ever since Harper’s publisher John R. MacArthur told his staff “Come to me!” the magazine’s editors have started to leave two-by-two.
Senior editors Bill Wasik and Luke Mitchell are the latest staffers to leave the magazine, according to The Times.
The pair of departures follows the ouster of editor Roger Hodge in Read More