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

James Eric Lawson jel at NVENTURE.COM
Sun Jan 24 21:22:20 UTC 2021

Two more early citations for your collection:

(1969) The tragedy of Lyndon Johnson, p 444
Goldman, Eric Frederick

'("The New York Review of Each Other's Books" was the current quip.)'

In context, and considered in conjunction with Nobile's 1974 history of
the publication in Intellectual Skywriting,
the mention suggests the Review's incestuous moniker emerged early, at
least pre-1965, probably no later than 1963.

(1970) 1968: a short novel, an urban idyll, five stories, and two trade
notes, p 54
Stern, Richard G.

"...and The New York Review of (Each Other's) Books, XI, 2"

The "short novel" was, if the book title is accurate, composed in 1968,
but of course there was plenty of time for post hoc editing before the
1970 publication.

On 1/24/21 9:00 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
> 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:
> https://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/new_york_review_of_each_others_books
> Barry stated in his 2005 posting, "It is not known who coined the nickname".
> Here is a link to the Quote Investigator article:
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2021/01/24/review/
> 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
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James Eric Lawson

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