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FROM NEW YORK TO GQ: Magazine veteran Mary Kaye Schilling has quit New York Magazine and is heading to GQ to become senior articles editor. She starts next week.
As to why she is leaving New York after having spent three years as the magazine’s culture editor? She said that the work was “grueling.”
“Doing a weekly section for three years and having to produce anywhere from 13 to 16 pages a week plus doing features and working on packages, it’s pretty relentless,” said Schilling. “Also, there wasn’t really any place to move as an editor, to do, say, just a feature well because there are really good editors now who have been there for a long time and don’t have any intention of leaving.”
That’s certainly been the common refrain from ex-New York editors over the past few years: Editor Adam Moss demands a lot a lot of work from his editors, and there’s a logjam at the top of the masthead.
“I really love Adam and he is tough. I mean, he is supertough,” said Schilling. “But in the best possible way. I have had plenty of editors that were tough and didn’t teach me anything at all and made my life miserable. Adam makes you become a better editor, and I definitely became a better editor under him.”
Schilling, 55, has previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and Sassy. In her new job at GQ, she will replace senior editor Dan Fierman, who left the monthly to become deputy editor at Grantland, Bill Simmons’ new sports Web site for ESPN. She is also at least the fifth new member in the past two months to join the magazine’s rebuilt masthead.
In her new job, she will specialize in entertainment coverage. So, WWD wondered how Schilling felt about Edith Zimmerman’s very personalized cover story on Chris Evans for the July GQ, a piece that ignited plenty of talk in the media world?
“I had mixed feelings about it,” she said. “Knowing where Edith is in her career, I thought it was quite amazing. But I thought it was too much Edith and not enough Chris. On the other hand, I read it to the very end. You could not stop reading that piece. Whether you liked it or not, you read to the end.”
— JOHN KOBLIN