The Eight-Day Week
Lewis Lapham, the former longtime editor of Harper’s Magazine, started smoking in 1952, and he’s been going at it with zeal ever since.
“I developed an early passionate attachment,” Mr. Lapham, 78, said last night in his deep, mentholated monotone, “which could be considered an addiction.”
Mr. Lapham was discussing his smoking habit with the Read More
off the record
Longtime editor and longtime chain-smoker Lewis Lapham, who ran Harper’s for three decades before founding Lapham’s Quarterly, loves tobacco and will be discussing his romance with nicotine at the PEN World Voices Festival, a salon-style conversation on “Obsessions.” Back when the editor in chief of The Observer was an intern at Harper’s (i.e., pre-nanny city), Read More
Newly appointed BlackBook editor in chief Joshua David Stein is looking forward to writing for an audience that’s a little bit more like him. For the last year, he’s been senior editor at Departures and Black Ink, the glossy magazines distributed to the wealthiest American Express card holders.
“I’m not a billionaire,” Mr. Stein told Off the Record last week. “This job’s not going to make me a billionaire. Or a millionaire for that matter!”
Mr. Stein’s new boss at the arts and culture starter magazine, on the other hand, is definitely a billionaire. Last month, BlackBook Media Corp. was bought by grocery magnate Ron Burkle and his investment partner, Magic Johnson. Mr. Stein didn’t have much to say about the acquisition, except that it means more money and better resources for the magazine, side-by-side with Mr. Burkle’s current holdings, Vibe, Uptown and the reportedly lucrative Access Network media software company.
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.
From today’s Times article on Lewis Lapham and his Quarterly:
The current issue is about medicine, and includes selections from Hippocrates, Plato, Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, all noteworthy for being – among other things – dead and therefore cheap. It is fronted by a long essay by Mr. Lapham Read More
A few weeks ago, longtime Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham‘s newish literary magazine Lapham’s Quarterly invited its friends and subscribers to the Hungarian Culture Club in Soho on Wednesday, June 24, for a reading by the poet Frank Bidart and the actor James Franco from the magazine’s new Travel issue. The appointed hour was sometime between Read More
While most of the sports world was gathered in Tampa over the weekend, the top of the Sports Illustrated masthead was left behind to schmooze with the media set Sunday night at the Oak Room at the Plaza. "Our sponsors are having very tough years," said S.I. editor Terry McDonell. (In flush times, advertisers like Read More
"I hope you brought tissues," said Brooke Geahan, whose Accompanied Literary Society hosted a screening of Stephen Daldry‘s The Reader at the Tribeca Grand on Monday, Nov. 24. "It’s a crier!"
Mr. Daldry’s film is an adaptation of German writer Bernhard Schlink‘s bestselling novel starring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, and 18-year-old David Kross. The Read More
"I have only one criteria for putting things into the quarterly, which is that the writing is good. It’s not so much about it being academic," declared Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, at a reading hosted by the literary journal at the National Arts Club on Monday, Nov. 17.
Mr. Lapham, his round Read More