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The Amazing Human Launching Pads

The first step to a great career: get on these payrolls. Five prominent locals whose underlings have gone on to big things.


From the beginnings of The New York Review of Books in 1963, Silvers has had a knack for hiring assistants. After a few years at the School of Silvers, many have graduated into the upper tiers of the intelligentsia.

Jean Strouse
Assistant (1967–69).
Currently: Historian; director of the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library.

Sharon Delano
Assistant (1970–72).
Currently: Edits Annie Leibovitz’s book projects.

Deborah Eisenberg
Assistant (1973).
Currently: Short-story writer; MacArthur fellow.

Darryl Pinckney
Substitute assistant (1981); assistant to co-editor Barbara Epstein (1984–86).
Currently: Critic; essayist; author of the novel High Cotton.

Mark Danner
Assistant (1981–84).
Currently: Journalist; professor at Bard and UC–Berkeley; author of Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror.

A.O. Scott Assistant (late nineties).
Currently: Chief film critic for the New York Times.

Jon-Jon Goulian
Assistant (2001–3).
Currently: Awaiting publication of his memoir, The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt (Random House, 2011), for which he received a $750,000 advance.


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