The surprise firing1 of New York
Editor in Chief Kurt Andersen sparked a round of speculation in media circles about his successor. Among the names surfacing as candidates: Michael Kinsley, now at Slate
; author/ columnist Pete Hamill; GQ
media columnist Michael Gross; top New York Observer
editors Peter Kaplan and Joe Conason; and Adam Moss, onetime editor of the defunct Seven Days
. Newly named interim Editor Richard Babcock is expected to return to editing parent K-III's Chicago by yearend.