Nabokov on one page, nudes on the next: a Playboy literary editor reveals all

In the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death, the magazine’s former fiction editor shares how she got everyone from Donna Tartt to Margaret Atwood to write for herI am not the only woman who worked at Playboy and kept her clothes on. When I was hired as literary editor in 2005, Hugh Hefner’s basic recipe for the monthly had not changed much since the 1950s: insistent juxtapositions of high and low culture, the ingredients, as he wrote in his 1953 inaugural editorial, for “a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex” at a cocktail party.Its DNA was spliced from Esquire’s, where Hefner worked as a young man; but the nudity gave it a daring few magazines had. By the time I arrived it was at once chaste, compared with what was on offer online, and sterile, given to an overabundance of models with big breast implants and big hair. The daring had to be found elsewhere. My task, or so I told myself, was to locate it in the fiction and literary pieces. Related: Effusive Hugh Hefner tributes ignore Playboy founder's dark side Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2017-10-06 00:00:00 UTC ]
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The Atlantic Hires Former TNR Literary Editor Leon WieseltierThe Atlantic Hires Former TNR Literary Editor Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier has been hired by The Atlantic as a contributing editor and critic, the media company announced today. In his new position, he will write about “his customary wide range of subjects” for the magazine ... Continue reading at Editor & Publisher

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Tinder Press acquires 'breathtaking literary page turner' from Owen

Tinder Press, Headline's literary imprint, has acquired Small Angels by Lauren Owen, author of The Quick (Vintage, 2014). Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2021-02-25 00:05:34 UTC ]
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Love and Courage, or On Being a Literary Editor in Today’s Istanbul: A Conversation with Mustafa Çevikdoğan and Mehmet Erte

ISTANBUL HAS BEEN a hub for literary publishing since the late-19th-century Tanzimat era. But what does it mean to be a literary editor in Istanbul today? I sat down with Mustafa Çevikdoğan and Mehmet Erte to address this question, among others. Erte is the editor-in-chief of the oldest and... Continue reading at Los Angeles Review of Books

[ Los Angeles Review of Books | 2020-08-26 12:30:25 UTC ]
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James Silberman, Editor Who Nurtured Literary Careers, Dies at 93

At Random House and elsewhere, including his own Summit imprint, he worked with James Baldwin, Marilyn French, Hunter S. Thompson and many others. Continue reading at The New York Times

[ The New York Times | 2020-08-01 18:32:40 UTC ]
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Lockdown diary: the literary editor

I was in Paris when Covid-19 became a reality. It was the weekend of 21st February and I was there for a quick family reunion: my older brother was in the French capital on a work trip, my parents had taken a train from our hometown of Turin, Italy, and I had joined them from London on the... Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2020-05-26 17:57:13 UTC ]
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Lockdown diary: the literary editor

I was in Paris when Covid-19 became a reality. It was the weekend of 21st February and I was there for a quick family reunion: my older brother was in the French capital on a work trip, my parents had taken a train from our hometown of Turin, Italy, and I had joined them from London on the... Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2020-05-26 04:20:12 UTC ]
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Editor’s Note: Literary Community in a Time of Global Pandemic

We are at the beginning of a frightening and difficult time in America. Though we glimpse—in the overflowing hospitals of Milan, the shuttered plazas of Madrid—that which may come to pass, it is impossible to know just how hard hit the United States will be by the novel coronavirus. This nation... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2020-03-16 14:00:35 UTC ]
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Do Literary Agents Steal Ideas? What About Editors and Publishers?

Do literary agents steal ideas? Do editors and publishers? Is there any way to protect yourself? Find the answers here. The post Do Literary Agents Steal Ideas? What About Editors and Publishers? by Robert Lee Brewer appeared first on Writer's Digest. Continue reading at Writer's Digest

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Elisabeth Sifton, Editor and Tamer of Literary Lions, Dies at 80

She was also a publisher and an author whose memoir affirmed that her father, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, had popularized the Serenity Prayer. Continue reading at The New York Times

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50 Years of Literary Activism: The WLT Readers’ Poll, by The Editors of WLT

Lit Lists The Editors of WLT Earlier this summer, the editors of WLT invited more than two dozen writers to nominate one book, published since 1969, that most influenced their extraliterary commitments, along with a brief statement explaining their... Continue reading at World Literature Today

[ World Literature Today | 2019-07-31 20:17:00 UTC ]
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Editors flock to prison tales and true crime while literary fiction flies pre-LBF

True crime, “professional confessional” memoirs and titles that look into “sealed worlds” are the hottest non-fiction trends, according to agents who spoke to The Bookseller ahead of next week’s London Book Fair.   Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Facebook reveals its censorship guidelines for the first time — 27 pages of them

Among the most challenging issues for Facebook Inc. is its role as the policeman for the free expression of its 2 billion users. Now the social network is opening up about its decision-making over which posts it decides to take down — and why. On Tuesday the company for the first time published... Continue reading at Los Angeles Times

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At Copenhagen’s Literary Festival Kbh Reads, Consumers See and Hear Editors at Work

Taking audiences behind the scenes of the editorial process, publishing house editors at the recent Kbh Reads festival showed how they handle their work—and an author's. The post At Copenhagen’s Literary Festival Kbh Reads, Consumers See and Hear Editors at Work appeared first on Publishing... Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

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New literary publisher Fairlight reveals 'stonking' launch title

Newly-established publisher Fairlight Books has revealed the first of its new titles for 2018. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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BBC reveals festive literary radio line-up

An all star radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Anasi Boys (Headline), a reading of David Attenbourgh's memoirs and a performance of "Scrooge - The Musical" are among the literary highlights from BBC Radio for the festive period. Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2017-11-23 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Henley reveals ACE's 'concerns for literary fiction'

Arts Council England is broadening its literature work, which has previously concentrated on areas such as poetry and translated literature, into a new emphasis on literary fiction. Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2017-07-08 00:00:00 UTC ]
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‘The greatest literary editor there has ever been’ – John Banville remembers Robert Silvers

The death this week of the New York Review of Books editor marks the loss of one of publishing’s most brilliant mindsRobert Silvers was one of the most significant cultural figures of our time. This will seem a large claim to make about the editor of a twice-monthly literary magazine, but then... Continue reading at The Guardian

[ The Guardian | 2017-03-23 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Inside Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson’s Epic Literary Feud

How bad sex writing and professional jealousy soured Nabokov and Wilson’s literary bromance. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Former Orion editor Silk becomes literary agent

Former Orion editor Julia Silk is forging a new career path as a literary agent in association with MBA Literary Agents. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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