New Editor at NYTBR

Tanenhaus out. Pamela Paul in.

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One wonders what a “Richard Hofstader-like approach” will look like. And what NYTBR will look like under the new management.

Let’s hope she doesn’t hate fiction.

This doesn’t bode well for an already embarrassingly bad book review. Pamela Paul basically does picture books and snark. Her last great article? It was called, “Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You,” and it begins, grandly enough, “NOBODY calls me anymore — and that’s just fine.” Another substantive report from the field is called “What Are the Blogs Saying About Me?”, and in its turn it begins, “ALMOST every author I know with a new book does it – the embarrassing, nearly irresistible, ritualistic dip into Internet-assisted narcissism. I know I do.” It is this kind of clubby, Katie Roiphe-ish BS that has marginalized the Manhattan-based publishing bureaucracy… Bookish is just a symptom.

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