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The New York Times Names Online Books Editor

The New York Times has named John Williams as its new Online Books Editor. At the Times, he’ll be responsible for the Paper Cuts blog, which was folded into the larger Arts Beat blog in February.

The announcement was made by fellow books editor, Alex Star, on Twitter earlier today.

Star told the New York Observer that Williams will be “adding new features to it [Paper Cuts] that he’ll both be writing and editing.”

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The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Summer Reading List

The editors of the New York Times Book Review (and there are surprisingly many of them!) get to read books constantly for work, in what we imagine is the perfect job. So what kind of a reader do you have to be to qualify? Recently, the editors assembled a summer reading list of the books they plan to read apart from the ones they have to read for work, and the few recurring themes gave us a little insight into how to be the type of reader that gets paid for it.

1. You can’t read everything. One comforting thing about the summer reading list was that it was full of books that many of us feel we are “supposed” to have read, but haven’t quite gotten around to yet. Copy editor Ihsan Taylor is yet to read Jonathan Franzen‘s “Freedom,” despite it being the most talked about book of the year. Preview editor Jennifer Schuessler is yet to finish Lydia Davis‘ translation of “Madame Bovary,” which was right under “Freedom” in terms of wisespread acclaim. And preview editor Jen McDonald may finally get around to reading “Infinite Jest,” one of the most talked about books of the last couple of decades. So it’s okay if you haven’t read everything! Summer is the time to catch up.

2. But you must read Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Deputy editor Bob Harris just read a book about “Moby Dick,” so plans to re-read the classic itself. And preview editor Gregory Cowles just finished “Moby Dick,” so plans to follow it up now with the related  “A Whaler’s Dictionary.”  Schuessler in turn hereby vows to finish reading Donovan Hohn’s “Moby-Duck,” the “tale of a flotilla of 28,800 bath toys let loose on the high seas.” Close enough.

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Deborah Solomon Parts Ways With The New York Times Magazine

After heading up the “Questions For” page of The New York Times Magazine for eight years, Deborah Solomon has fallen victim to editor Hugo Lindren’s staff overhaul and is leaving the title.  Solomon joins former deputy editor Alex Star and “The Medium” columnist Virginia Heffernan as The NYT Magazine’s most recent departures.  Solomon discussed her next steps in a letter to The Observer.

My immediate plan is to devote myself to my long-overdue, almost-finished biography of Norman Rockwell, which will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. I had eight great years writing the column, and I have been encouraged by the paper’s top brass to continue writing for the paper. Naturally, I also plan to continue asking as many impertinent questions as possible.

Virginia Heffernan Leaves The New York Times Magazine

The New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren took another step toward putting his stamp on the publication by parting ways with columnist Virginia Heffernan.  Originating on in 2006, Heffernan’s web-themed column “The Medium” will no longer appear in Lindgren’s mag.  “The Medium” transitioned over to NYT Magazine in June 2009 and showcased digital stories including top viral videos and popular mobile device apps.

Heffernan represents the most recent departure in a string of staffers that have parted ways with the magazine since Lindgren’s entrance in late October.  Alex Star vacated his post as deputy editor in December and now works with the Times Book Review.

Prior to joining The New York Times, Heffernan served as a television critic for Slate and co-authored The Underminer with Mike Albo.

Alex Star Switches Roles At The New York Times

Last week New York Times executive editor Bill Keller addressed the paper’s recent personnel losses and chalked them up to “the big-money offers come from a newer competitive set — HuffPo, Bloomberg, etc. — that are suddenly investing in, pardon the expression, content.”  Well, with the most recent job switch at the Gray Lady, at least Keller can say he didn’t outright lose an employee to another outfit.  According to The Observer, New York Times Magazine deputy editor Alex Star is moving over to the Book Review.

Star has worked at NYT Magazine since 2004 and developed The Boston Globe’s Ideas section earlier in his career.  Although he will be leaving his department, Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren spoke glowingly of Star and is optimistic for his future elsewhere at NYT:

He played an incredibly important role in the magazine in his six plus years.  With the changes that are happening at the magazine, Alex decided that the Book Review would be a better place for him. They are lucky to have him. He is a great analyst of manuscripts, and he is the best read person I have ever met.