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About a month ago, New York Times Magazine digital editor Samantha Henig went down to the Times multimedia department’s second-floor headquarters with a schedule of upcoming articles. One immediately caught the department’s eye. It was tagged “stupid games.”
“We’re gamers down here,” Times multimedia producer Jon Huang told Off the Record on Wednesday. “Right from the beginning we wanted to put a game on The New York Times.”
Kathryn Schulz was named book critic at New York today, filling a post that has been officially vacant since Sam Anderson left for The New York Times Magazine more than a year ago.
Ms. Schulz is probably best known for her own book, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, although her byline appeared in the magazine a handful of times in 2011. Earlier this year she won the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Prize, which her predecessor also won, in 2007. At New York, she will write a monthly essay on books and occasional web stories, according to an announcement from editor-in-chief Adam Moss.
Critics earn paychecks (small ones) because readers value (sort of) their expert opinions. But sometimes critics do self-important things. Sam Anderson, critic at large of The New York Times Magazine, just published his selected marginalia of 2011.
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“I realized it is basically insane to make any kind of judgment about rap without hearing it.”
So says New York magazine book critic Sam Anderson, after NPR questioned the wisdom of reviewing a lyrical anthology of rap without having ever heard the actual songs.
Anderson, speaking with NPR’s Read More