So, an announcement: This will be my last week as your Brainiac blogger. (After this week’s column, I’ll be moving on to a new post at The New Yorker.) It’s been a genuine privilege writing for all of you since I took over the blog and column nearly two years ago, in the fall of 2010. To everyone who’s followed along, either online or in the Sunday paper: thank you. I hope that you’ve enjoyed Brainiac as much as I have. (It goes without saying that I hope you’ll continue to enjoy it in the years to come.)
This means, of course, that the Globe is now actively looking for a new Brainiac. If you’d like to apply, the first step is to reach out to the editor of the Globe’s Ideas section, Stephen Heuser. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
My time with Ideas has been deeply rewarding, in large part due to the incredible editorial guidance I’ve had from Steve Heuser, Gareth Cook, and Amanda Katz—a truly extraordinary and giving team of editors. Mary Creane, Ideas copyeditor, has been a joy to work with. And Brainiac simply wouldn’t be Brainiac without the design work of Greg Klee: Seeing Greg’s work in the Sunday paper has been one of the highlights of my week, every week, since I started at Ideas.
When Christopher Shea moved on from Brainiac in October, 2010, he bemoaned his inability to construct a Brainiac post capable of attracing more readers than Josh Glenn’s “Tattoo You, Netters!” I, too, must report that I’ve been unable to knock it out of the top slot. If you haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance. To the next Brainaic, I can only say: good luck!
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Leon Neyfakh is the staff writer for Ideas. Amanda Katz is the deputy Ideas editor. Stephen Heuser is the Ideas editor.
Guest blogger Simon Waxman is Managing Editor of Boston Review and has written for WBUR, Alternet, McSweeney's, Jacobin, and others.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Manus is a writer living in New York City. She has been a book review editor at the Boston Phoenix, and a columnist for The New York Observer and Metro.
Guest blogger Sarah Laskow is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. She edits Smithsonian's SmartNews blog and has contributed to Salon, Good, The American Prospect, Bloomberg News, and other publications.
Guest blogger Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based writer, publisher, and freelance semiotician. He was the original Brainiac blogger, and is currently editor of the blog HiLobrow, publisher of a series of Radium Age science fiction novels, and co-author/co-editor of several books, including the story collection "Significant Objects" and the kids' field guide to life "Unbored."
Guest blogger Ruth Graham is a freelance journalist in New Hampshire, and a frequent Ideas contributor. She is a former features editor for the New York Sun, and has written for publications including Slate and the Wall Street Journal.
Joshua Rothman is a graduate student and Teaching Fellow in the Harvard English department, and an Instructor in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches novels and political writing.