Seth Lipsky sat at a table at the Harvard club, a round, avuncular 67-year-old in a proper suit and tie, and uttered a preposterous claim. “The Forward won the Cold War,” he said, referring to the Yiddish-language newspaper edited by the subject of his new biography, Abraham Cahan. “And when I say that, people tend to laugh, but it’s true,” Mr. Lipsky added, a silver-knobbed cane resting by his side. “The Forward was one of the first pro-labor socialist institutions to turn against the Communists in Russia.”
If there is one hire that signifies the changing of the guard moment we’re witnessing in the New York media scene, I’d argue it’s the Village Voice‘s hiring of Harry Siegel, which they announced yesterday afternoon.
Siegel will be their new city columnist and is taking over the space filled, Read More
Hear that drum beating? That’s Rupert Murdoch, getting ready for war with Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
The Wall Street Journal is continuing to staff up its new New York edition, and the project increasingly is looking like a direct assault on The New York Times.
The Journal’s New York bureau, expected to launch on Read More
Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal drafted plans for a New York–only culture section. It didn’t take long for that project to be shelved, and Rupert Murdoch’s Journal decided to take on the city itself—with a New York–only news section that will cover everything you’d expect from a local newspaper: politics, news, sports and, Read More
On the day the perennially troubled Radar magazine folded, its editor Maer Roshan got an email from an old friend, Tina Brown, with whom he’d worked at her own sunken ship, Talk.
“Maer my darling, I’m grieving so terribly,” she wrote in her Masterpiece Theatre trill. “I’m running into a meeting, but do nothing Read More
On the eve of Thanksgiving, The New York Times‘ Glenn Collins sat down with Gael Greene, New York Magazine’s dismissed "Insatiable Critic."
Mr. Collins called Ms. Greene, "The priestess of radicchio, beurre blanc and arugula," but also noted that the critic had "become an attenuating natural resource at New York since giving Read More
This past weekend, The New York Times‘ ‘City’ section featured a story by Caroline H. Dworin headlined Suddenly, Souvenirs, about promotional paperweights and newspaper boxes for the late New York Sun, which remain like memento mori throughout the city after the paper folded in September.
Writes Ms. Dworin:
Perhaps those who Read More
If you worked at The New York Sun and now you’re looking for some part-time work, send in your clips to Tina Brown!
The Sun has been closed for three weeks, and in that time, The Daily Beast has hit the 500-hour mark. It needs to be fed.
In recent weeks, ex-Sun Read More
David Letterman might just have summed up last week when he said, “You heard it here first, ladies and gentlemen, this doesn’t smell right." Felix Gillette and John Koblin track the billion little pieces in our new A.D.D. news cycle. PLUS: Pumping McCain.
John Koblin looks at the last days of The Read More
Inside The New York Sun’s spacious Chambers Street offices on Tuesday, Sept. 30, the old-fashioned journalistic decorum that had defined the paper’s culture was nowhere in sight. The 20-somethings that made up the reporting ranks were in for one last time wearing blue jeans and T-shirts—a far cry from the conservative broadsheet’s long-standing dress code, Read More