Though Mr. Hodge, 45, lives in Brooklyn, he has ties to the South. He grew up in Texas, studied comparative literature at Sewanee in Tennessee, and began his career as a freelance writer in North Carolina. While Mr. Hodge has not been a subscriber recently, he said he has been an admirer of The Oxford American since the mid-1990’s.
While the writing in The Oxford American is “consistently good,” Mr. Hodge said, “the thing that I felt was missing was journalism.”
“That’s the thing that I love doing,” he said. “What I can bring to this magazine is experience with long-form pieces, literary journalism that is vital and important to readers.”
Hodge’s resume is pretty impressive. You may know him as the former editor-in-chief at Harper’s, as the author of 2010’s “The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism” or from the the Observer’s 2008 Brooklyn Literary 100 list.
Congratulations, Roger! Maybe he’ll be celebrating at Ox Cart’s birthday party tonight?
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