Good news for people who love good writing
In an attempt to make up for putting David “Bobo” Brooks on their editorial pages, the NY Times brings back Frank Rich to the Op-Eds.
The New York Times announced yesterday that Frank Rich, the front-page columnist in its Arts & Leisure section, would move next month to a redesigned Op-Ed package that will be expanded to two pages in the Week in Review section, following the editorials.
Mr. Rich’s column will be essay length, about twice the wordage of a typical Op-Ed column. It will “continue to mine the fertile field of popular culture, but with Op-Ed’s greater license” for opinion writing, The Times said. In addition to his column, the expanded opinion pages will now include two other regular columnists each Sunday, as well as a guest columnist and the Public Editor column, moving from Page 2 of the Week in Review.
Mr. Keller and Ms. Collins said Mr. Rich would have offices in both the Op-Ed department and the arts section, where he will be the senior adviser to the culture editor. As he has for the last two years, they said, he will monitor trends in the cultural worlds and recruit and develop talent. Mr. Rich’s final Arts & Leisure column will appear on March 27. His Op-Ed column will begin on April 10.
I was pleased to see that his column will be kept at the longer length where he is at his best. Even more so than Paul Krugman, Rich is a must read every week.
Now if they could just get around to firing Judith Miller….