Whither Soft Skull?

With Richard Nash out at Soft Skull, many are wondering if the irreverent publisher will maintain the editorial aesthetic that led to such vital publications as the "ahistorical fantasia" Jamestown, the clip-art inspired Get Your War On series, and the varied offerings of Lydia Millet.

New Soft Skull editorial director Denise Oswald talks to The Observer:

“I don’t think you can try to replace someone with someone who is exactly like them—it’s an impossible thing to chase after,” Ms. Oswald said. “But I think [Counterpoint] liked what Soft Skull was, and they were hoping for somebody who could be true to it. … They wanted somebody who was editorially minded and was very sympathetic to the cause, as it were—who really fit that kind of edgy sensibility.”

The Observer reports that while with FSG Oswald oversaw the imprint Faber & Faber's "list of music, film and theater books, including the journals of Courtney Love, the poetry of Billy Corgan and plays by the likes of Adam Rapp, Neil LaBute and Doug Wright."

Once Oswald has had a chance to get oriented, I'll be briefly speaking with her re: her plans for Soft Skull. Look for that here in a month or two.

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