In a bit of holiday-appropriate news, The Atlantic national correspondent Mark Bowden has sold a book about the death of Osama Bin Laden to Morgan Entrekin at Grove/Atlantic, reports Publishers Marketplace. The book, to be published in October 2012, is “an account of the Bin Laden strike written in Bowden’s signature ‘you are there’ style, going inside the war room as decisions were made and onto the ground as directives were executed.” It’s titled The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden.
The Atlantic, your home for ladies complaining about how hard it is being ladies (We kid! Sort of!) had a polarizing essay this week by Anne-Marie Slaughter, entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” Only seven months after Kate Bolick taught all us females that we didn’t have to settle for second best in the marriage department, we’re now getting the flip side of the coin: apparently it doesn’t matter how great our significant others are, because if you try to have a career and a kid in this economy, you’ll find yourself miserably torn between the two. And then you’ll chose your kids. Obviously.
Originally, we thought the simple solution would be to wait until your career goals are met until procreating, but as that New York cover story taught us, this is probably an unhealthy excuse for desperate old people. (It also makes for way grosser images than a hot MILF breastfeeding her overgrown son.)
In his long overdue Atlantic media diet, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti called out the previous contributors to the column, the ones who claim to read The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times in print, every day, and say they are so embarrassed by how the Economists they never got around to reading pile up around the apartment.
“The main way I discover information is my Twitter feed and my Facebook news feed. One of the interesting things about this Media Diet column is if people were honest, I think they would give more credit to Facebook and Twitter, which can mean totally different things depending on who you are. But social is the new starting point.”
off the record
Ebony creative director Darhil Crooks has been poached by The Atlantic, the company announced today. There he will oversee art direction in print, online, on mobile and tablet devices and will keep an eye on The Atlantic Wire and Atlantic Cities.
Last night Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley had a couple dozen of New York’s non-fashion elite to dinner at Eleven Madison Park, kicking off a new monthly series that aims to capture the engagement with Atlantic cover stories demonstrated online by Facebook recommendations in a more intimate, in-person format.
Unlike the ill-fated salons proposed by The Washington Post in 2009, lobbyists can’t buy a seat at these off-the-record dinners; The Atlantic picked up the tab. The aim of the series, which may move to Los Angeles, Chicago, Silicon Valley, or Washington, D.C., depending on the cover story’s content, appears more earnest.
Kate Bolick’s November Atlantic cover story, All the Single Ladies, will be extended into a book that was bought by Crown’s Molly Stern at auction last week, Publisher’s Marketplace reports.
Janklow & Nesbit’s Tina Bennett represented the book, called Among the Suitors: Single Women I Have Loved. It develops Read More
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?
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer prize nominee Robert Wright is The Atlantic‘s latest digital hire. No, not The Atlantic Wire, just TheAtlantic.com. Mr. Wright has been penning for The Atlantic for 20 years, but has limited his editorial duties to The New Republic, The Sciences, and Wilson Quarterly.
According to the press release sent today, Mr. Wright’s new position at The Atlantic “will cover issues related to politics, foreign policy, science, religion, and philosophy, among other subjects. He will also supplement his writing with video conversations, a format he popularized on Bloggingheads.tv.”
So why doesn’t anyone want to be his Twitter buddy?
Now A Major Motion Picture
Richard Lawson, Gawker’s entertainment writer and TV recapper extraordinaire, has taken his leave of Nick Denton‘s media conglomerate for the second time in the past two years. He will be joining another Gawker ex-pat, former editor in chief Gabriel Snyder at The Atlantic Wire, where Mr. Lawson will be a senior writer for entertainment and culture.
ICM has signed yet another East Coast news outlet as a client, further establishing itself as the primary interlocutor between the impoverished ranks of freelance magazine writers and giant pots of gold shimmering on the other side of the continental divide in Hollywood. The Atlantic will now be a major motion picture.
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