Harper’s Magazine Saves the Day With Second Round of Pizza

Christian Lorentzen: senior editor, pizza deliverer, saint.

A smart party planner anticipates the needs of the crowd. Last night at Harper’s Magazine‘s “Black Tie & Pizza” Christmas party held at Housing Works, that meant delivering more ‘za halfway through the party to the hungry masses of journalists and authors packing the venue.

At 8 p.m., senior editor Christian Lorentzen and two others appeared out of nowhere with an additional 40 pies from John’s on Bleecker to satisfy the starving reporters and editors. (A cliche that becomes less funny with each passing layoff.)

We spoke with Russia!‘s founder Michael Idov who told us that he sees magazines in the future as high-quality, high-cost objects, somewhere between a coffee table book and what we currently envision as magazines. He also said he was happily surprised by Russia!‘s continued success.

Gabriel Snyder, who recently returned from Los Angeles to be managing editor of Gawker, said they’d only had “around five” negative emails regarding the site’s new layout and that traffic had been up since the redesign.

The gang from Harper’s included editor Roger Hodge, publisher John R. (Rick) MacArthur, and national correspondent Lewis Lapham. We saw Moe Tkacik as well as literary figures Donald Antrim, David Means, and Diane Williams. After the jump some pictures of the festivities.

Hodge, Snyder, and www.thwartdesign.com‘s Rob Price.