By S.T. VanAirsdale
Hardly 18 months after signing on as a full-time critic at The Village Voice, Nathan Lee is out for what he disclosed in an e-mail to colleagues as, well, I'll leave it to him:
In great Village Voice tradition, I was abruptly laid off today for "economic reasons." My employment at the paper ends immediately: someone else, alas, will be tasked with specifying the precise shade of periwinkle frosting atop the cupcakes in My Blueberry Nights.
And so I am, as they say, "looking for work," though presumably not as a staff film critic as such jobs no longer appear to exist.
Indeed, as I reported in part last week at Defamer, New York newspapers have now lost four full-time film critics in the last month. If this keeps up, who will compose the New York Film Critics Circle? At this rate, it'll be Armond White splitting the Jim Hoberman and Rex Reed votes, with Indiana Jones 4 ekeing out a narrow Best Picture victory come December. Online critics, get your campaigns mounted now.
Posted at March 24, 2008 9:17 PM
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