Jon Meacham

On the heels of last year's redesign—the equivalentof a cry for help—Newsweek isup for sale, leading to earnest proclamations that the end of thenewsweekly erais upon us. Editor Jon Meacham is scrambling toround up biddersto buy the magazine. In an interview with Jon Stewart, a long-faced Meacham talked aboutthe future of reporting, "in a time when people don't want to pay for news," (here'spart 2). An inevitableMeacham backlashisbeginning, with media commentators likeDavid Carr,Jack Shafer,andJames Fallowspiling on the beleaguered editor, while Fishbowl NY rounds up the5 waysthe story is being told.

Recently axed journalists can get a byline this weekend at the48 Hour Magazine,"Here's how it works: Issue Zero begins May 7th. We'll unveil a theme and you'll have 24 hours to produce and submit your work. We'll take the next 24 to snip, mash, and gild it. The end results will be a shiny website and a beautiful glossy paper magazine." While you brew your coffee and sharpen your pencils in preparation, readan interviewwith the magazine's masterminds (you'll need to be good atmultitasking).

To the lit-minded, Donald Judd's sculptures resemble bookshelves. Perhaps that's why his foundation in Marfa, Texas has spent many hours photographing the late artist'spersonal libraryof 13,000 books (including 2,200 duplicates). The result is a digital embalming of Judd's reading preferences, an extravagantly illustrated bibliography, and a portrait of the artist as a book collector.

David Foster Wallace obsessives found David Lipsky'sAlthough of Course You End Up Becoming Yourselfto be atoo-brief glance at the author, but perked up at a few intriguing mentions of a little-known 1996Detailsprofile ofWallace.Blogger Craig Fehrman has toiled in the very unwired world of interlibrary loan to unearth the piece and post iton his blog, complete with a reproduction of the"Details-shot" that made Wallace wary of future photographers. The piece was the first to cover Wallace'sInfinite Jest, and rightly predicted that the "literary world [would] bow down before him."

Advertisement