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12031Robert Christgau fired from Village Voice

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  • Carl Z.
    Aug 31, 2006
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      Straight from the critic's mouth:

      Dear Friends and Colleagues,

      If this comes completely out of the blue, I apologize.

      It is now official--Village Voice Media fired me today, "for
      taste," which means (among other things) slightly sweeter
      severance. This despite the support of new music editor Rob
      Harvilla, who I like as a person and a writer. We both believed I
      had won myself some kind of niche as gray eminence. So I was
      surprised Tuesday when I was among the eight Voice employees
      (five editorial, three art) who were instructed to bring their
      union reps to a meeting with upper management today. But I
      certainly wasn't shocked--my approach to music coverage has never
      been much like that of the New Times papers,

      Bless the union, my severance is substantial enough to give me
      time to figure out what I'm doing next. In fact, having finished
      all my freelance reviews yesterday, I don't have a single
      assignment pending. So, since I have no intention of giving up
      rock criticism, all reasonable offers entertained; my phone
      number is in the book, as they used to say when there were books.
      What I don't need is a vacation--the three of us just had a great
      two and a half weeks, and Nina matriculated at BMCC yesterday.

      No need to respond. Forward to whoever you will.


      Bob Christgau