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Goodbye, my NYT magazine

June 2, 2009

This is depressing: The NYT magazine is getting smaller, which probably also means stories are getting shorter. In two weeks, it will be 9 percent smaller. (I have trouble visualizing what that means, too, but I don’t like it.)

Worse:

Contributors to the magazine have also been informed of the cutback via a letter from editors, which hinted that shorter stories may be part of the change, according to sources. Marzorati would not comment on the letter.

(Marzorati is the NYT mag editor, who in March gave a beautiful talk, with hints of elegy in it, about long-form journalism. It made me wonder if he’s really the guy behind all those cover stories about raising children, children’s meds, raising children on children’s meds…)

I’ve heard about town that the magazine was already scaling back on its contributors, using more staff and fewer freelancers (likely to save on the budget). But if I lose Deborah Solomon and the Lives column only for shorter stories on parenting trends, I’m canceling my subscription.

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