Noted neocon and New York Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus (right) has been given control of the paper's Week in Review section. Prepare for (justified) liberal outrage.
And in keeping with the laboratory tradition of the Week in Review, we've come up with something completely different for that section. In January, Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the Book Review, will expand his responsibilities to include the Week in Review.
Under Sam's leadership, the Book Review has been replenished. He, with a strong cast of TBR veterans and sharp recruits, has enlarged the review in size and influence. He has restored the big cover review, enlisted a sterling cast of writers, rejuvenated the best seller list (in large part by adding Dwight Garner's column), introduced more reporting and livelier debate, overseen a complete redesign, and pushed aggressively onto the Web. He has also found time to write, brilliantly, for his section -- and for the Magazine and, yes, the Week in Review -- and to curate an on-line reading group on the review's website, among other things. I can't wait to see what creative energy he will bring to the continual reinventing of the Week in Review.