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Posts Tagged ‘Clay Felker’

Friends, Colleagues Remember New York Observer Editor Peter Kaplan

As the sad news of the passing at age 59 from cancer of Peter Kaplan spread Friday, current Observer senior editor Colin Campbell suggested “there’s no better source on Mr. Kaplan than the editor himself.” And so, Campbell for his first piece chose to republish Kaplan’s 2008 tribute to New York magazine founder Clay Felker.

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BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir meanwhile led off her memories with what she deemed a typically “quirky” Kaplan hiring experience:

In July 2007, when I was a writer for Gawker, I got an email from Nikki Finke that said in the subject line: “Peter Kaplan called and asked who to hire as his media writer/editor. I said you.” And so a few days later I got coffee with Peter at Le Pain Quotidien on 19th Street between Park and Broadway, just down the block from the old Observer offices, and a few weeks later, after several back-and-forths about what the job was (I was to be writing about “ideas”) and how much money I would be making (not very much), I was hired.

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Betsy Sharkey Becomes LAT Film Critic

thecrticddd.jpg Former entertainment editor Betsy Sharkey has a new post at the LA Times as film critic.

*Spoiler Alert*

Sharkey got into hot ‘Sex and the City Fan‘ water in June when she mentioned some plot point about Mr. Good Bar or something.

From LAT:

To the idea of adding a few words of warning for those who might not want to read further because they haven’t yet seen the movie, said Sharkey, “Two weeks into the run of a film, I’m just not sure it makes sense — where do we draw the line — three weeks out? When it goes into DVD release?”

Spoiler alert: Don’t read articles about movies you haven’t seen and want to be surprised by. That’s why you READ about films…to be informed.

Our congratulations to Miss Sharkey on the move.

The entire press release about the move is after the break.

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The Clay Felker Memorial: Tom Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, and Others Remember

felkermem.pngLast night the New York magazine world literati turned out for a memorial celebration for Clay Felker, the legendary editor of New York who passed away over the summer. A red-socked Sir David Frost hosted the event, which was held at the New York Ethical Society and featured such Felker disciples as Tom Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, Leslie Stahl, and Richard Reeves. All the featured guests spoke to Felker’s genius, excitement, and curiosity, and both Steinem and Stahl specifically mentioned what a novelty it was to encounter a male editor who would listen: “That had never happened before!” (We have video after the jump).

It’s a well known fact that Felker had a widespread and lasting influence on New York magazine publishing &#151 as was evidenced when a list was read of all the people who had worked with him and gone on to become editors and design director — however it was hard not to note (especially from our seat in the balcony) that the audience was primarily a gray-haired one, causing us to wonder is there a modern-day Felker? Would we have to go online to find one? And if they did exist, and say, sent one of their writers to secretly infiltrate a Leonard Bernstein-hosted Black Panther party on the Upper East side (or its modern day equivalent), would Bill O’Reilly be calling for their arrest?

After the jump we have video of Tom Wolfe talking about the modern-day fate of the “Masters of the Universe” and what Felker would have said about the current financial crisis, Gloria Steinem discussing how she made sex dull, and Judy Collins closing out the evening with Amazing Grace.

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