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New York Observer's Lorentzen Leaving for London

'Anti-hipster' will join London Review of Books
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New York Observer Culture Editor Christian Lorentzen will join the London Review of Books, Adweek has learned.

An employee who answered the phone at the Review's London office unwittingly confirmed the news on Monday. "He's not here yet," she said when Adweek called and asked to speak with Lorentzen. "I believe he'll be arriving in early May."

Lorentzen, who joined the Observer in May 2010, had earned a reputation as the "anti-hipster" for a piece he wrote in 2007 called "The Hipster Must Die: A Modest Proposal to Save New York Cool."

From 2006 to 2009, Lorentzen worked at Harper's Magazine, where he was a senior editor. Gawker has suggested that Lorentzen's career at Harper's ended after a sexual harassment incident, though Lorentzen claims the story is false and the magazine has declined to discuss the matter.

Adweek contacted Lorentzen by phone after asking him about his departure via Facebook. He acknowledged that he had received the message, but said, "I'm working right now. No time to talk."

 

UPDATE: The Observer announced on April 20 that Sarah Douglas, a staff writer at Art & Auction Magazine, will replace Lorentzen as culture editor. "I'm very happy to have Sarah joining us at the Observer," said Elizabeth Spiers, the paper's editor. "She has a great eye for a story and I know she'll produce a smart, sophisticated culture section that I look forward to reading."