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If You Want To Write For An Intelligent Readership…

June 22, 2009

…you’re gonna deal with a some serious douchebags.  that’s the general gist of Dan Baum’s epic twitter about the decline of his career at The New Yorker.


now we’re not saying David Remnick is a total douche.  even Dan Baum is not saying David Remnick is a total douche.

but it’s clear that a general air of douchiness hangs over the offices of that prestigious mag.

baum lets us in on some pretty surprising facts.  such as The New Yorker offices are less like a library, more like a mortuary.  and maybe the magazine business really is a business after all.


The biggest disappointment was learning that, after all, it’s not only about the work on the page.  That the writing life is not a pure meritocracy, or a refuge from office politics. All that crap still matters.



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  1. June 23, 2009 7:46 am

    up until the point when people asked him not to break sentences, my body was humming with the blood-rush I feel when I read engaging poetry. Then everything kind of calmed down once the sentences read unbroke.


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