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Michael Wolff: The NY Times Book Review Is Dying

Michael Wolff — the eloquent, if prickishly pugnacious media commentator — has forecast the end of yet another aging publication: The New York Times Book Review.

In his Monday column on The Guardian, Wolff forecast the demise of the last freestanding national book section, in much the way he has predicted the inevitable death of The New York Post tabloid.

“[W]hile the NYTBR has been at the very center of the book business in New York and has been the most influential voice in book culture for the better part of a century, it is surely hard to say quite what to do with this weighty history,” he wrote. “Not to mention, how to squeeze a buck out of it. The New York Times has other things to worry about.”

His news peg? The new editor, Pamela Paul, whose credentials he must consider laughable for taking over such an esteemed position.

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New York Taps Nussbaum to be TV Critic

tdy_lauer_blogs_040113.300w.jpgNew York has named Emily Nussbaum to be its new television critic, filling a role that has been vacant since last November when longtime critic John Leonard passed away.

Nussbaum has been at the magazine since 2005 — most recently she penned the article about the “renegade cybergeeks” at the NYT. Prior to that she was was the editor-in-chief of Nerve and has contributed to the New York Times and Slate among others. Says editor-in-chief Adam Moss: “Nussbaum has a unique understanding of the way the medium has evolved, and writes with intelligence about storytelling, technology, and the changing experiences and role of the audience in this new television age. She will be writing longer-form essays for the magazine, and quick-response pieces for the web meant to stimulate the ongoing cultural conversation that is already such an important part of nymag.com.” Full release after the jump.

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