Tanenhaus doesn’t assign reviews to benefit his friends

Those keeping track of changes at the New York Times Book Review with Sam Tanenhaus at the helm may be interested in Tom Scocca’s New York Observer piece:

“David Brooks and I are very friendly,” said New York Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus. Last week, such a profession might have struck Times-watchers as unnecessary: Why wouldn’t Mr. Tanenhaus, the scholar of Whittaker Chambers and William F. Buckley Jr., get along with the new conservative star of the paper’s Op-Ed page? Weren’t they in the same cabal?

But then came the May 23 edition of the Book Review. “Sociology or Shtick?” the cover asked. “Michael Kinsley dissects ‘On Paradise Drive,’ by David Brooks.”

“Dissects” was, if anything, an understatement.


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