11 March 2004

The NYTBR has finally designated its new editor: Stanley Tanenhaus, currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair (and a former Times assistant editor). He is best known in publishing for his biography of Whittaker Chambers—a highly controversial book, largely on partisan grounds. I am reserving judgment at the moment; but things can't get much worse than they have been under McGrath. Can they? (Of course they can—but it's nice rhetoric.)