Writer Calvin Trillin on New Yorker Job Titles

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By Jason Boog Comment

newyorker23.jpgIn a recent interview, a writer gave a behind-the-scenes look at the work-life at one of the country’s most coveted literary workplaces–dispelling some myths about job titles.

When The New Yorker hired 26-year-old Amelia Lester to serve as managing editor of the prestigious magazine, GalleyCat readers responded passionately. This week the interview series Big Think ran a long interview with New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin about how the office works.

Here’s an excerpt from the video interview: “There didn’t used to be any of those titles, but now there are and I don’t know who that is now, but oh, maybe 10 or 15 years ago it was somebody who was the same age; we called him editor boy, and the managing editor is not like the managing editor of a news magazine who’s in charge of something. He’s actually a sort of traffic cop who makes sure that whatever piece is ready for that issue gets in or something.”