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The ‘Philistine’ Prophecy: LA Times Chops Up Book Reviews

latimesbook.jpgPublishers Weekly writes:

According to a former staffer, the Los Angeles Times is folding its standalone Sunday book review section, laying off two dedicated book editors. The last standalone section will be the July 27 one. Steve Wasserman, a former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review, sent out an e-mail Monday morning, protesting the changes at the embattled Tribune-owned daily.

Nancy Sullivan, executive director of corporate communications at the paper, would not comment on staff cuts at the paper or that the book review coverage will be placed in the Calendar section of the paper where it will share space with features. She did say that more definitive news would be issued next week and added that the paper “remains committed to book review coverage. What form that takes is what’s under evaluation.”

In his e-mail, co-signed by three other former Review editors, Wasserman said the elimination of the book review section will have an adverse effect on the paper, calling it a “philistine blunder that…will further wound the long-term fiscal health of the newspaper.”

We suggest changing the name of the paper from Los Angeles Times to LiLo and Britney Times. Supply and demand.

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