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Shafer on the Hot Seat

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Close Shafer: Mediabistro's FishbowlDC interviews Slate's Jack Shafer. Among the revelations: Shafer wakes up at 5:40 a.m., receives up to 100 e-mails a day, and says Ron Rosenbaum is his favorite active journalist.

Editor found dead: The body of James Kim, the CNET editor who had been lost in the wilderness of Oregon with his family, has been found. His wife and two children were discovered earlier this week and are in recovery. Here's an obituary from his own site.

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Only for hardcore cartoon nerds: The Huffington Post's Matthew Diffee delivers the third part of his interview with New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff.

Also on the New Yorker beat ...: WWD's Irin Carmon reports that the magazine's website will be spruced up soon.

Writing back: A group of authors including Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Updike, Zadie Smith, Martin Amis, and Thomas Pynchon have released letters of support for Ian McEwan who was accused of plagiarism last month. Web searches determined every letter was cribbed from Wikipedia. Pynchon's letter, written on a typewriter, can be found here.


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