Harper’s Bazaar shades New York Times Book Review

There’s a catty bitch-fest of the most erudite kind in this month’s Harper’s.

The literary magazine throws, if not shade then certainly an unambiguous penumbra, at its rival the New York Times Book Review, accusing it of dumbing things down.

In the cover story, Christian Lorentzen says that, “In its pursuit of traffic or its spirit of experimentation or its efforts to make its editors read like its readers, the Times seems to have lost its sense of its audience’s intelligence.”

Burn!

He goes on, “A typical issue of the New York Times Book Review contains about a dozen full-length book reviews, plus several capsule reviews. By its very nature, it’s the sort of publication that will be entirely satisfying to no one if it’s doing its job right: appealing to readers of different political persuasions and varied tastes while assuming a certain baseline of literacy.”

Savage!

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