Lit Gloss

By Liz Spikol
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 1 | Posted Dec. 3, 2008

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Holy crap, what's up with Newsweek? I've been a subscriber for years though I don't know why; you just get used to something and then feel like you can't live without it. But since former editor Mark Whitaker left and Jon Meacham took over about two years ago, I've been intending to cancel my subscription. (Clearly, I've had other things to do.) I know nothing about the two men personally, but Meacham's reign has cast a chilly blanket over what used to be passionate writing and points of view. Whether dollars follow content these days is dubious, but Newsweek is suffering. Despite a jam-packed election issue, the MacBook Air-thin issue of Nov. 24 is truly panic-inducing. One indicator is its ad-to-edit ratio, which compares ad pages to editorial content. Though editors often fight to get that ratio skewed in their favor, if they get too much space, it's a bad sign, and it looks to me like that's where Newsweek finds itself these days. Last week's Newsweek, according to my (highly unreliable) index finger, had an ad/edit ratio of roughly 45/65, which even for a paid-circulation weekly magazine is painful. Most ads were from Big Pharma and cringe-worthy advertisers like Omaha Steaks, with its corny photos of hunks of beef. "Save $75.01!," the ad says. Memo to Newsweek staffers: That might look like a lot of money to you real soon. � This week photographer Annie Leibovitz is at the Free Library to celebrate the publication of her new book At Work. Though some think of her merely as a celebrity shooter, she's a complex artist who has a lot to say about her craft. She also has a lot to say, thankfully, about being young and working with Hunter S. Thompson and going on tour with the Rolling Stones, two of the weirder assignments for a newly hatched photojournalist. The book juxtaposes photos with essays about how they the shots were conceived and executed, including Arnold Schwarzenegger on a horse and Al Sharpton at the beauty salon. Thurs., Dec. 4, 7:30pm. $7-$14. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. www.freelibrary.org.

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1. Michael H said... on Dec 4, 2008 at 11:22PM

“I don't read Newsweek, but I always enjoy Jon Meacham's commentary on Meet The Press. The historical perspective he and Doris Kearns Goodwin bring to the conversations is refreshing among the Sunday morning pundit parade.”

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