McGrath implies decision will be made Friday

The New York Times is seeking replacements for Charles (“Chip”) McGrath, editor of the Sunday Book Review, and Alex Beam of the Boston Globe says it’s about time, since, under the current administration, the reviews tend to read like book reports. Still, Beam admits that “the Times reviews do perform one key service for the chattering classes: They allow you to talk about a book as if you had read it. ‘No, but I read the review’ is the inevitable answer to any question involving a book by Susan Sontag.” (Via Romanesko.)

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