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Myron Kolatch
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Is Writer
Field Literature
Gender male
Birth 26 September 1929
Age 92 years
Star sign Libra
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Myron Kolatch (born 1929) is an American magazine editor, who served as managing editor and then executive editor of The New Leader from 1960 to its closure in 2006.


Kolatch was born on September 26, 1929, in the United States; his parents were also born in the USA.


During the Korean War, Kolatch served in the United States Army (1951-1953).

In 1953, Kolatch joined the staff of The New Leader magazine (1923-2006), long run by Sol Levitas (who, among other things, was a member of the American Committee for Cultural Freedom). In 1957, he was an editor. In 1960, he became managing editor; in 1961, he became executive editor.

Assuming leadership of the magazine, Kolatch also inherited a scandal. The New Leader was co-publishing with Farrar Straus an anti-Communist book of essays. Book of the Month Club had selectedStrategy of Deception: A Study of Worldwide Communist Tactics, edited by Jeane J. Kirkpatrick. Then, it became known, the book had received secret funding from the United States Information Agency. Although Kirkpatrick was serving at the time as "consultant for various Government agencies," she claimed no knowledge of the secret funding.

Kolatch hired Diane Ravitch as a writer; other writers included Daniel Bell and Nathan Glazer. He also hired Stanley Edgar Hyman as book reviewer with a regular column called "Writers and Writing."

In 1963, TIME magazine describe the magazine as "a Manhattan-based biweekly with a circulation of only 28,500, wields influence out of all proportion to its size."

In 1965, the magazine received some funding from the Tamiment Library after the sale of its Tamiment camp.

Kolatch remained executive editor until the magazine's closure in 2006.

Personal life

On politics, during a 2007 interview, Koltach said, "I have an uneasy feeling that Putin may be a twenty-first century variety of Stalin."

On publishing, during the same interview, Kolatch said:


After The New Leader's reportage on Yugoslavian writer Mihajlo Mihajlov landed him in 1964, Kolatch wrote a forward to his book, published in 1966.

  • Moscow Summer by Mihajlo Mihajlov with foreword by Myron Kolatch (1966)
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