Less than six months after laying off influential film critic J. Hoberman, The Village Voice has also lost its film editor, Allison Benedikt. Ms. Benedikt will run Slate’s women’s vertical, Double X, filling the post vacated by Jessica Grose when she jumped to New York‘s Vulture blog earlier this year.
BOOKS BE SELLING
Slate announced a new special section today, the Slate Book Review, which will take over the site’s homepage the first weekend of every month, beginning tomorrow. Slate Book Review will triple the amount of books coverage on the site, the New York Times reports.
Slate, NPR, and Fast Company contributor Farhad “Don’t Support Your Local Bookseller” Manjoo has sold a book. This important development raises two very important questions: What is this book? And furthermore, can I see him read from it at SoHo’s relentlessly charming and lovable independent bookstore, McNally Jackson?
Former New Yorker managing editor Kate Julian (who most recently ran Slate’s Double X) has been named a senior editor at The Atlantic. She will oversee the magazine’s “Dispatches” section and edit features. Oh and her office is next to something called the Roanoke Room. What else do you need to know?
This morning, a writer named Farhad Manjoo wrote an article for Slate called “Don’t Support Your Local Bookseller.” Mr. Manjoo called your local independent booksellers the “least efficient, least user-friendly, and most mistakenly mythologized local establishments you can find.”
Political superblogger Matthew Yglesias, currently of Think Progress and formerly of The Atlantic, will be narrowing his focus on the economy and economic policy in a new column on Slate’s Moneybox, he announced today.
Annie Lowrey vacated the position last month to join The New York Times Washington bureau.
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If you care, you’ve by now heard that Jack Shafer, the media critic laid off by Slate, was scooped up by Reuters. He will report to opinion editor James Ledbetter, according to the memo from Reuters editor in chief Steve Adler obtained by Romenesko.
“Jack’s arrival at Reuters adds to a rapidly strengthening Read More
beer and loafing
Former New York Governor, Attorney General, and CNN host Eliot Spitzer—who The Observer had a nice chat with last week over the recent rage directed at Wall Street’s ratings agencies—is this week being sued for libel over a year-old column for Slate.
On July 5, the New York Yankees were up 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning in an away game against the Cleveland Indians. Orlando Cabrera snapped the quiet with a sharp grounder between second and third that looked to be an easy base hit for the home team. The 37-year-old Derek Jeter, in his second game back after more than two weeks on the D.L., grabbed the ball as he spun in one fluid motion, like shine off a diamond, thunder-bolting a cross-field throw to Jorge Posada at first.
Mr. Cabrera was out by an inch.