Talker in the City
Though preparation for Titlepage is taking up much of his time these days, Daniel Menaker is still editing books.
So,” I say to Daniel Menaker, a former fiction editor at the New Yorker and for six years a senior editor at Random House, later executive editor in chief. “How did you get into an editorial career?”
He looks me straight in the eye and says, “How did you get into one?”
Asking questions while unflaggingly maintaining eye contact is very much on Menaker’s mind these days. He is about to make his debut as the host of an online book show, in which he’ll be talking to four writers per episode, and my visit to his apartment, though arranged to afford me the opportunity to inquire about his library, affords him an opportunity to practice interviewing. He has been analyzing the pros with an editor’s eye for detail. “Most of us look away a little bit,” he says, “but Tim Russert, for instance, doesn’t.” Then
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