According to The Village Voice (second item), Atlantic Monthly literary editor Ben Schwarz says Adam Moss faces a dilemma in selecting the new editor of The New York Times Book Review:
He could keep the section as it isâ€”the review of record, the voice of The New York Times, ever conscious of its power and responsibilityâ€”or make it a sharper read. Schwarz has long maintained that a serious book review is less about the book than about giving a good writer the chance to make a bold argument with style.
“I understand why the Times wouldn’t want to give up the section’s gravity,” says Schwarz, “but if you wanted to make your mark as the editor of the Times Book Review, the first thing you would do is to make it less influential. That would give you the license to make the reviews livelier and more discriminating.”