Michael Idov Takes Over As EIC of GQ Russia

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New York Magazine’s own Michael Idov has been hired as the new editor-in-chief of GQ in Russia. Idov, who is of Russian descent, has been a contributing editor at New York for five and a half years, published the novel Ground Up in 2oo9, and was previously editor of Russia! magazine, a quarterly American publication. His recent feature for the American edition of GQ, “The Movie Set That Ate Itself,” about a totalitarian movie director in the Ukraine, was cited as the second best of 2011 by longform.org; his archive of excellent features for New York can be found here. Reached for comment, Idov said: “One of my goals is to do stories that would be reprinted in the West as widely as Western stories are now reprinted in Russia; in this, I am helped invaluably by the fact that things in Moscow are going to get very interesting in the near future. One new thing I’m very excited to try is a proper feature well — right now, the magazine is columnist-driven, in the European fashion. I’ll probably rip off at least a tiny bit from everyone in the U.S. I’ve learned from over the years. And they’ll have no idea, because it will be in Russian.”

Michael Idov Takes Over As EIC of GQ Russia