From a reader in New York:
…I’ve noticed that you generally include photos of the journos/media figures you cover, with one glaring exception: Nikki Finke, who you never show. Why does, say, an unknown like Tiffany whoever (what’s up with her, btw?) get a giant photo while Finke, who prob. has the biggest national profile of anyone you write about get nothing? Just wondering.
There’s actually a good answer: there aren’t any photos (or, at least, recent photos) of Finke around, because she doesn’t like to be photographed. From R.J. Smith’s Los Angeles Magazine profile of Finke (my bolding):
When I first called L.A. Weekly Hollywood columnist Nikki Finke to say that I wanted to profile her, she instantly asked what took me so long, and then declared almost as instantly that nobody would want to read about her. Why, she proposed, wasn’t I writing about the right-wing takeover of the Los Angeles Press Club, for God’s sake? Then, after a lengthy negotiation-which culminated in a request that she not be photographed-she hit the antigravity button.
Nonetheless, I agree with my anonymous New York reader that it’s remiss never to show an image of one of the Los Angeles media world’s natural wonders. So, I’m inviting FishbowlLA readers to send me their depictions of Nikki Finke for use on the site. Never seen her? Just use your imagination. Sample entry above.
A few rules:
1) Nothing dirty. I get enough obscene email already.
2) Don’t feel bound to a figurative aesthetic paradigm. Think broadly. What does Nikki Finke mean to you?
3) If you don’t want your name used with your entry, let me know.
4) Yes, Nikki, you are eligible to enter.
Thanks in advance to all.