Daniel Menaker

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Daniel Menaker is a fiction writer and editor.[1] He is currently working with the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton and as a consultant for Barnes & Noble Bookstores. He is the father of Will Menaker, one of the hosts of the podcast Chapo Trap House.[2] His father was alleged Soviet intelligence agent Robert Menaker.[3]


Daniel Menaker was a fiction editor at The New Yorker for twenty years and had material published in the magazine frequently. In 1995 he was hired by Random House as Senior Literary Editor and later became Executive Editor-in-Chief, working with such writers as Salman Rushdie, Colum McCann, Elizabeth Strout, and Nassim Taleb. After leaving Random House in 2007, he became the host for a web-based book show called "Titlepage"[4] in 2008.


  • PEN/O. Henry Award for Short Fiction: "The Good Left" 1984
  • PEN/O. Henry Award for Short Fiction: "The Good Left" 1982
  • New York Times Notable Book: "The Treatment" 1998


  • "My Mistake: A Memoir" - 2013
  • "A Good Talk: The Story and Skill of Conversation" - 2011
  • "The Treatment" - 1998
  • "The Old Left and Other Stories" - 1987
  • "The Worst" (with Charles McGrath) - 1979
  • "Friends and Relations: A Collection of Stories" - 1976


  1. ^ Lippman, Gary (2014-01-21). "That's Material: An Interview with Daniel Menaker". Paris Review Daily. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  2. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/what-will-become-of-the-dirtbag-left
  3. ^ "Amazon.com : Daniel Menaker".
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/30/books/30mena.html?_r=0

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