[Ads-l] Quip: The New York Review of Each Other=?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=99s_?=Books

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 24 17:00:00 UTC 2021

I received an anonymous request to explore the provenance of the
expression in the subject line. Barry Popik previously examined this
topic and found citations beginning on December 29, 1969:


Barry stated in his 2005 posting, "It is not known who coined the nickname".

Here is a link to the Quote Investigator article:

I concluded that Alan Levy was the leading candidate for creator of
the quip based on the following 1968 citation.

[ref] 1968, The Culture Vultures; Or, Whatever Became of the Emperor's
New Clothes? by Alan Levy, Part 2: The Careerists, Chapter 5:
Corruption of the Instinct: The Critics, Quote Page 184, G. P.
Putnam's Sons, New York. (Verified with scans) [/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
The frighteningly articulate house organ of a self-promoting Manhattan
coterie, it could easily be renamed the New York Review of Each
Other's Books. And like many people who have chosen to dwell
intimately with the printed word, the New York Review clique maintains
a love-hate relationship with the art it serves.
[End excerpt]

Feedback welcome
Garson O'Toole

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list