Early this morning, Slate editor-in-chief and chairman Jacob Weisberg tweeted that former colleague and culture editor John Swansburg was “back!” A New Yorker spokesman confirmed that Mr. Swansburg’s last day was Friday Oct. 28 and that he was returning to Slate–though we’re not sure as what yet. The Observer is still waiting to hear back Read More
This week’s award for best disclosure statement goes to The Big Money’s Chadwick Matlin, who included this helpful paragraph in yesterday’s Michael Lewis: Our Money Laureate:
That Lewis is so devoted to profile-driven journalism is surprising considering his influences (which, it should be said, are influences that I—and The Big Money—share). Lewis’ career owes Read More
In a season of media cutbacks, thus far the staffers at Slate have escaped the scythe. Editor David Plotz has made no layoffs, and is expecting none in the future.
Even more remarkably, Mr. Plotz is sending his writers out of the office to go work from home and pull together a big project Read More
Remember how back in November former Observer ‘Edgy Enthusiast‘ columnist Ron Rosenbaum used his Slate ‘Spectator’ column to call out Buzzmachine’s Jeff Jarvis as "the Sarah Palin of Gurus"?
At the time, Mr. Jarvis—a former magazine editor-turned-digital evangelist—responded by calling Mr. Rosenbaum "a pissy third grader," which sparked an on-going war of Read More
What do you do after co-creating a television series so critically praised, Slate’s then-editor Jacob Weisberg called it "the best show on television and which prompted The New York Times editorial page’s Nicholas Kulish to write, "If Charles Dickens were alive today, he would watch ‘The Wire,’ unless, that is, he was already Read More
Curtis Sittenfeld, author of last year’s Laura Bush-inspired novel American Wife is wading into fictional Presidential doings yet again. Last night, Slate started running All Along, This Was Supposed To Happen, a serialized novella about Barack Obama’s Inauguration.
Reached by email, Ms. Sittenfeld (who used to write for The Observer from Read More
Media Mob has learned that former New York governor Eliot Spitzer will write a new column for Slate beginning tomorrow. The column will appear every other week and it’ll be about government, regulation and finance.
"He’s going to be doing a regular thing," said Jacob Weisberg, the editor-in-chief of the Slate Group. "It’ll be heavily Read More
- "If [Axl] Rose ever had a moment’s doubt or repentance over what Chinese Democracy has cost him in time (13 years), money (14 studios are listed in the credits) and body count — including the exit of every other founding member of the band — he left no room for it in these 14 Read More
Call it the Rumble in the RSS Reader: Ron Rosenbaum, former Edgy Enthusiast for The Observer and current Slate ‘Spectator’ columnist, took a sharp pin and attempted to pop the increasingly inflated ego of Jeff Jarvis, the former print journalist-turned-New Media guru at Buzzmachine.com.
Here’s a blow-by-blow, so far:
As John Koblin reported yesterday, Condé Nast is implementing across the board budget cuts. Men’s Vogue was forced to reformat itself down to a glorified supplement to its big sister publication; Portfolio is dramatically scaling back its Web site and limiting its run from 12 issues a year to 10.
Like the Read More