August 2, 2005
News & Opinion: More matter, with less art
My issue is not that the BW reviews are bad; they arent. Nor would I deny the argument for including a wide range of reviews in the magazine by appealing to managers better side, the one that interprets business broadly. But I would still find this argument pallid considering the general media treatment of business books. You can go to Arts and Letters Daily and find scores of sites offering one-hundred-score reviews of books, many of them top-notch. None of these publications, online, or off, give business books more than a passing thought. They are generally scorned---treated as diet books, for managers.
Business Week has the opportunity, not to mention the editorial space, to bring an informed and discerning eye to the ever-increasing number of books that are published for the business crowd. But it squanders this precious piece of real estate, a full page every week, on titles that are frankly dilettantish. While editor of Fast Company John Byrne did a great job of keeping readers aware of current ideas and great reads. One can only hope hell take that approach back to his old Maggie.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.