Celebrated journalist Michael Hastings’ debut novel, The Last Magazine, went on sale this week and Hastings’ writing continues to spark conversation one year after his death. The Washington Post said, “The Last Magazine is tender and brutal, worldly and inbred, high-minded and gross, smartly rendered and rough around the edges — and quite often hilarious…The Last Magazine is the funniest, most savage takedown of the American news media since Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72, by his hero Hunter S. Thompson.” The New York Times called the novel “fast and funny and humane. When I put it down, it called to be picked up again.” Christopher Dickey’s review for The Daily Beast raves: “What makes this novel work—really, I can’t think of a better little tome to take to the beach—is that it’s just so much fun, so wicked, so amusing, and so brilliantly observed. The caricatures of people living and dead (career-wise) are only part of its charm. I haven’t read a better send-up of hackery since the last time I dove into Evelyn Waugh’s 1938 classic Scoop.” The Last Magazine has also garnered additional praise in Kirkus ReviewsBooklistNew York Magazine’s Frank Rich columnSlate.comThe Daily Beast, Mashable, the Chicago Tribune/Printers RowSan Francisco ChronicleNew York Daily News, and the New York Post. Additional reviews are set to run in Harper’s MagazineColumbia Journalism ReviewEntertainment WeeklyShelf Awareness,’s “All Things Considered,” Associated Press, and The Rumpus. Rolling Stone,, and have also all confirmed features, and The Last Magazine will be included as a Vanity Fair Hot Type.  “A Tribute to Michael Hastings” event featuring a panel of top journalists at Barnes & Noble, Union Square took place on Wednesday (6/18). Rachel Maddow called The Last Magazine  “a laugh-out-loud, totally uncompromising, screamer of a novel” on her show Monday night (watch the 12+ minute segment about Hastings’ career and the book, including an interview with Hastings’ widow, Elise Jordan,here). Elise wrote a powerful article for Time about The Last Magazine and her husband’s frustration with the media. She was also interviewed for a New York Times Arts feature, as well as by NPR’s “Weekend Edition with Rachel Martin” and PBS/Pacifica’s “Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman.” And there is still more major media to come including MSNBC’s The Cycle (6/18), MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews (6/18) and Al Jazeera’sConsider This (6/19).