There was a lot of hubbub last week when several columnists surprised readers with ‘goodbye’ missives, though these changes have been obviously smoothed over in official language from Lindgren. Randy Cohen, writer of The Ethicist section, will be replaced by Ariel Kaminer, the Times City Critic. The wonderful On Language column is no more, and The Medium ends with an understated “Thanks for Reading”. Deborah Solomon was replaced by Jodi Rudoren, and even the ever-charming Recipe Redux got the axe. Eesh. As far as the replacements go, who knows what that was about, but we really loved On Language. Mistake!
However, there are additions as well, to make up for all the firings. The have revived an old feature called What They Were Thinking which we have to admit is pretty great (at least this week). There’s a new photo section entitled Look and a “critic’s page” called Riff, and yet another section called You Are Here, which will feature thoughts from writers in faraway lands. Bill Keller, the NYT executive editor, will have a regular column. The magazine also has a new blog, which looks promising.
Now, on to more important things, like the font, which is bigger, bolder, and all in caps – well, the story headlines are, anyway. Stylistically, the magazine has retained its signature black bars, and though the Table of Contents is a little more exciting and GQ-ish than it has been in the past, they’re not going too crazy. We are, however, taken in by the many pull quotes peppered around the front pages. Without too much context, the phrases “virtual orgy of never-ending literary communion” and “here’s your giant goodie bag of festering misery” are always going to be fascinating. Good job.
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