Over his five years as editor of the Review, Gourevitch was the late George Plimpton's spiritual if not immediate successor (everyone seems to be leapfrogging the brief Brigid Hughes reign; the first editor following Plimpton's death was rather quickly dropped, on account of the then-30-year-old was running the Review like it was, well, a lit mag, and not a black-tie literary institution. She now runs the lit mag A Public Space, which is basically the Paris Review for Brooklyn, and with fewer full-time employees). The handsome lit mag is distinguished for its canonical interview series and, under Gourevitch, an increasingly global eye: photojournalism, travel writing and reportage to go alongside stories from, more and more, foreign authors and lesser-known Americans.
Anyway, whoever succeeds Gourevitch—I'm assuming they're hiring from outside rather than inside—should probably be a renowned writer in his or her own right, and well-connected in the American and European literary community; but also someone with experience in the world, through writing (as a critic, reader and editor) and as a traveler and/or reporter, with a wide-angle view of world politics and literature. Someone of both life and letters, basically.
The first name that comes to mind is Aleksandar Hemon, for some reason. Thoughts?