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The New York Times Book Review Gets New Deputy Editor

David Kelly, who has been with the New York Times Book Review since 2005, has been promoted to Deputy Editor. Kelly will succeed Bob Harris, who left the paper last month. According to the New York ObserverSam Tanenhaus, the Senior Editor of the Book review, wrote that Kelly was more than qualified for the position.

“It’s not surprising that so skilled an editor should also be a witty and amusing writer (see, for example, David’s reviews of memoirs by Barbara Walters and James Wolcott and his wry essay on The Sopranos and cultural studies),” stated Tanenhaus in a memo announcing the change. “No one in our shop commands more respect, and no one is better liked. Please join me in congratulating David on his new job.”

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More Buyouts at The New York Times

There are a few more names to add to the list of people who accepted buyouts from the New York Times. The New York Observer reports that Diana B. Henriques, a Business Reporter for the Times since 1991, Eric Dash, another Business Reporter and Bob Harris, Deputy Editor for The New York Times Book Review, have all taken the paper’s offers.

As with several from the previous group, Henriques will continue to contribute to the Times, albeit on a limited basis.

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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