The New Yorker names its new editor

The New Yorker decided to take the high-brow road: Conde Nast chief S.I. Newhouse Jr. announced at 11 a.m. this morning that David Remnick, a well-regarded staff writer and author of such acclaimed books as Pulitzer prize winner “Lenin’s Tomb” and “The Devil Problem and Other True Stories,” will take over as editor from Tina Brown. Brown, 44, resigned last week after nearly six years on the job; she’ll now head a multimedia entertainment company for Disney’s Miramax Films. In last week’s “who’ll get the job” guessing game, insiders considered Remnick, 39, a long shot for the prestigious slot. Other contenders included James Truman, Conde Nast editorial director; Peter Kaplan, the editor of the New York Observer; and Dominique Browning, the editor of Conde Nast’s House & Garden.