After considering candidates for nearly a year, the New York Times has chosen Jim Rutenberg (currently chief political correspondent for the Times magazine) as the successor to its beloved media columnist David Carr.
Critic and Bookforum contributor Parul Sehgal has a new column in the New York Times Book Review, and begins with a piece on the delightful provocations of Bohumil Hrabal: “Virginia Woolf wrote that if a writer were free, ‘if he could base his work upon his own feeling and not upon convention, there would be no plot, no comedy, no tragedy, no love interest or catastrophe in the accepted style.’ Is there a better description of the work of Bohumil Hrabal?”
At Vox, Matthew Yglesias has a detailed account of the causes and significance of “TNRmageddon” under Chris Hughes, which includes this entertaining disclaimer: “The world of Washington, DC-based magazines and websites is incredibly incestuous, so I have no way of writing about this without stepping all over too many conflicts of interest to count. But some noteworthy ones include the fact that I applied for a job with the Peter Beinart–era TNR and didn’t get it after a disastrous job interview. I was recruited for jobs in both the first and second Foer eras. I used to work closely with Richard Just (who was editor between Foer stints) before he worked at TNR. I dated a TNR staffer for a while, was roommates with Spencer Ackerman at the time Foer fired him from TNR, and am very close friends with a current staffer at TNR. I also lived in the same dorm with Hughes for a year in college. All of which is to say that while my coverage of this can hardly be objective, it’s also pretty well-informed.”
Media tycoon of media tycoons Rupert Murdoch plans to marry Jerry Hall.