I heard over the weekend that Regan McMahon, the last editor standing at the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, had taken a buyout, leaving the section without an editor.
I e-mailed Regan, but she did not respond until today, when the SF Weekly had an article about the matter.
“When SF Weekly contacted McMahon Monday morning, she said people in the publishing world didn't know about her imminent departure, and she feared that once they heard the news, they'd freak out.”
Apparently, the Chronicle is going to advertise for a replacement for Oscar Villalon, who left the book review just a short time ago.
A few years ago this news would have caused loyal readers to protest. But with the economy collapsing around us and newspapers dying, who is really going to complain?