Olson profile out in print tomorrow

A profile of Peter Olson in this week’s New York Times Magazine, eagerly awaited by the publishing industry, calls the chairman and C.E.O. of Random House, “the most powerful man in book publishing.” TMFTML offers this perspective:

1) the quotes drawn from Olson’s wife’s memoir of their relationship travel beyond parody into an area we can’t quite yet quantify; 2) the scene where Olson plays with his stuffed animals is very cute; 3) both of these things happen at the end of the article, so if you don’t really give a shit about the rest of it you should skip ahead to that; and, 4) anyone who can say of Robert Caro’s interminable LBJ biographies (which Olson’s company does, after all, publish), ‘”I’m saving them for a debilitating illness or retirement,” can’t be all bad.

In magazine news, the Economist prospers despite the shaky economy, while Penthouse founder Guccione may end up in the poorhouse. (Via Romanesko.)


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