The New York Observer’s Michael Calderone wrote in Wednesday’s paper that the contents of the upcoming first issue of Conde Nast Portfolio is being closely guarded.
However, well-known writer Tom Wolfe has a piece on hedge funds, while Kurt Eichenwald is writing about terrorism.
Calderone wrote, “‘People understand why they want secrecy, but itâ€™s also frustrating,’ said a Portfolio staffer. ‘You have to shut up in the elevators.’ Andâ€”especially?â€”the cafeteria.
“Speaking of shadowy processes, senior writer Kurt Eichenwaldâ€”late of The New York Timesâ€”has written a lengthy feature about terrorism for the inaugural issue.
“Itâ€™s one of five or six chunky (say, 5,000-word) features packed into the long-gestating Portfolio. But then, the first issue will have to keep readers occupied for four more months before issue No. 2 appears.
“Mr. Wolfe reported from Greenwich and New York for his piece, which will run outside that crowded feature wellâ€”even though he filed long. (‘Itâ€™s always catastrophic,’ Mr. Wolfe said. ‘Iâ€™d guess itâ€™s closer to 25,000.’)
“Mr. Wolfe said he was recruited by Portfolio staff writer Alexandra Wolfe. Ms. Wolfe has a front-of-the-book piece in the launch. ‘Itâ€™s kind of like a father-daughter field entry,’ Mr. Wolfe said. ‘Itâ€™s like when you have two horses in the same stable.'”
Read more here. Editor Joanne Lipman was the focus of some staff frustration for ordering a working weekend last weekend and then not showing up until Sunday at 5 p.m., according to the piece.