August 12, 2014

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd has been named a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine. She will continue to write her op-ed column for the Sunday edition of the paper.

In June, Publisher’s Weekly reported that Hachette had acquired Perseus Books. But now, according to a letter sent out to Perseus employees, the deal has been canceled.

At the Times, David Carr devotes his column to the recent decisions by Gannett, the Tribune Company, and E.W. Scripps to spin off their newspaper properties. The optimism people felt for print media when Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post is now pretty much gone, Carr writes. “The recent flurry of divestitures scanned as one of those movies about global warming where icebergs calve huge chunks into churning waters.”

The 50 Year Argument, a documentary about the New York Review of Books, will premiere September 29th on HBO. Martin Scorsese, who co-directs it with David Tedeschi, says he was drawn to the “adventure of thought and the sensuality of ideas” that the magazine represents.

Amazon responds to an open letter—signed by 900 authors supporting Hachette—by releasing an official statement on a newly launched website called readersunited.com. The LA Times thinks this may be the publishing industry’s first AstroTurf campaign.

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