The Nation Welcomes New Literary Editor

David Marcus will immediately begin commissioning freelance work.

For close to a decade, John Palattella oversaw The Nation’s arts and books coverage. But following his relocation to Europe, a change was in order.

While Palatella is transitioning to the role of editor at large, with a focus on translations and serializations, David Marcus (pictured) has been installed in New York as the magazine’s succeeding literary editor. From today’s announcement:

“We are delighted to have David, a superb editor, as wise about fiction and pop culture as about politics, philosophy, and history, take over the books and the arts section,” says editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel. “For two centuries, The Nation has been part of the literary lifeblood of America, and David brings a creative and compelling vision for the future of our cultural coverage in print and online.”

Adds Marcus: “I’m thrilled to be joining The Nation as the magazine’s literary editor. With its abolitionist roots and egalitarian commitments, the magazine has been a fount of social progress and critical dissent since its founding. It’s also played host to some of the smartest literary and cultural criticism around—from columns by Mary McCarthy and Clement Greenberg to John Leonard and Arthur Danto. It seems to me we’re in a moment in which an exciting new generation of critics and intellectuals is beginning to emerge—and I’m eager to bring their insight and arguments to a broader audience.”

Marcus was previously co-editor of Dissent. He has also taught the history of political thought at Columbia University, where he is a Ph.D. candidate. In addition to commissioning freelance work, he will edit the contributions of film critic Stuart Klawans, art critic Barry Schwabsky and music critic David Hajdu.

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