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Four Vie For 2009 Thurber Prize|FBDC Founding Editor Graff Takes Over Washingtonian|NYT Columnist Buys New Home|Us Weekly Thrives|Economist Sells Single Copies In U.K.

GalleyCat: The organizers of the Thurber Prize for American Humor couldn’t narrow their short list down to the usual three candidates — so this year there are four authors competing for the $5,000 prize: Sloane Crosley, Ian Frazier, Don Lee and Laurie Notaro.

FishbowlDC: FBDC’s founding editor Garrett Graff has been named editor of Washingtonian.

Observer: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has purchased a $1.7 million three-bed on Riverside Drive.

WWD: For the first time, Us Weekly‘s Web site has surpassed People.com in number of unique visitors. The magazine seems to be getting along fine since longtime editor Janice Min‘s departure: acting EiC Michael Steele‘s first issue sold 1.1 million copies on newsstands.

Guardian: You can now buy single copies of The Economist in the U.K.

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