Carla Blumenkranz is moving from n+1, where she was managing editor, to a position as senior online editor at the New Yorker. Dayna Tortorici, currently a senior editor, will take her place.
At the London Review of Books, Benjamin Kunkel takes on the much-discussed French economist Piketty. Capital in the 21st Century, Kunkel writes, is “more exciting considered as a failure than as a triumph.” “Piketty has bid a lingering goodbye to the latter-day marginalism of mainstream economics but has not yet arrived at the reconstructed political economy foreseen at the outset. His theoretical reach fumbles where his statistical grasp is sure, and he leaves intact the questions of economic value, distributive justice and capitalist dynamics that he raises.”
John Freeman, the former editor of Granta, has announced plans to edit a series of themed anthologies for Grove/Atlantic. The collections, which will appear twice a year and include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, will be called “Freeman’s” after their editor. Freeman told the Washington Post that he wanted to create “a home for the long form . . . as well as writing that feels possessed, like only that writer could have done it.” The first volume is slated to appear in October of 2015.
Mike Pride, the new administrator for the Pulitzer Prizes, has said that the awards need to keep up with the times. The challenge will be “to remain a journalism award in a world where journalism is really changing very quickly.”
Glenn Greenwald promised a big story at the Intercept and then put on the brakes. What happened? Gawker says it “won’t speculate too wildly about the possibly upcoming story or its intrigues.”
After Bruce Springsteen was photographed reading James Miller’s Examined Lives, a collection of biographical sketches of twelve philosophers, the book received a “bump in sales.” Miller, a politics and liberal studies professor at the New School, charmingly told the Wall Street Journal that he was “floored.”