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The news of buyouts the Times was just one element of the perfect storm of press that descended upon Ms. Abramson last week, including a Ken Auletta New Yorker profile and a deluge of critical slobbering over her recently released “dogoir,” The Puppy Diaries. It was reviewed in the Thursday arts section and in The Read More
Reviews of Reviews
The Observer has learned that The Wall Street Journal will launch a weekly book review within the next few weeks. The Journal has never had a standalone book review before, and creating one now flies in the face of ever-dwindling book coverage in papers across the country.
The book review will be a pull-out section Read More
Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus assigned himself to review the new Jonathan Franzen book, Freedom, and it’s a monster of a review. Like Michiko Kakutani, he’s a fan. It’s a “masterpiece,” he wrote. Mr. Tanenhaus goes bananas over Franzen, and here are some choice sentences to give you a taste of Mr. Tanenhaus’ Read More
Sam Tanenhaus is finally hanging it up at the Week in Review, and the editing job will go to his deputy, Dave Smith. Mr. Tanenhaus will continue to edit the Book Review and will also—surprise!—start writing more for the paper. Last week, we told you about the trend that’s all the rage these days at The Times, Read More
Hey, Joe and Mika, make some room for Sam Tanenhaus.
According to an internal New York Times announcement, the paper’s Book Review and Week in Review editor will be appearing every Friday at 7:45 a.m. on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to preview that week’s Book Review and Week in Read More
Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review and the Week in Review section of the paper’s Sunday edition, is turning his recent New Republic cover story, “Conservatism is Dead: An Intellectual Autopsy of the Movement,” into a book-length manifesto. The book will be published this fall by Random House, which Read More
The New York Times has hired internally to replace Dwight Garner at The Book Review after he moved to the daily reviewing beat. The nod goes to Laura Marmor, a deputy editor for the Travel Section. In her new job as Senior Editor, she’ll be making a "broad range of review assignments" and help Read More
Yesterday on The New York Times‘ Paper Cuts book blog, Times Book Review and ‘Week in Review’ editor Sam Tanenhaus took a look at James Wood’s How Fiction Works, specifically, Mr. Wood’s critique of John Updike.
As Mr. Tanenhaus writes, "Wood suggests that Updike’s fiction doesn’t work very well at all, Read More
Last week, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller announced in a staff memo that the editor of the paper’s Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus, would also head up the Week in Review section.
Some reacted to the appointment of Mr. Tanenhaus at Week in Review—where he replaces Katherine Roberts, who’ll move to a senior Read More
Radar.com has already noted the news that Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the Times Book Review, will take over editing duties for the Week in Review section, according to an internal memo. He’ll stay on his job at the Book Review too. The outgoing editor, Katy Roberts, will join Jonathan Landman at nytimes.com.
Here’s Read More