Ian Buruma has been named editor of The New York Review of Books. He succeeds Robert B. Silvers who recently died and who was, with the late Barbara Epstein, a founding editor of the Review.
Buruma has been a regular contributor to The New York Review since 1985; he also has contributed articles to a number of other publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Guardian, and La Repubblica. He is currently the Paul W. Williams Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College.
“I’ve known Ian since 1985 and know that his long association with the Review will ensure that the values and editorial direction of the Review will be upheld,” Rea Hederman, New York Review publisher, said. “Ian’s long relationship with both founding editors will preserve the editorial quality and independence for which the Review has been known since its first issue in 1963.”
Every other week, for more than 50 years, the Review has continued to discuss central issues of American life and culture. Its probing essays on the arts, fiction, poetry, politics, science, and history have established it as the “preeminent intellectual newspaper” in the English-speaking world, according to The Spectator. From the beginning its editors were determined that the Review should be an independent editorial voice and it remains independent today.
Early issues included articles by writers such as W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Hardwick, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, and Saul Bellow. More recent contributors have included Joan Didion, Garry Wills, Mark Danner, Daniel Mendelsohn, Paul Krugman, Mary Beard, Zadie Smith, Darryl Pinckney, and Joyce Carol Oates.
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