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Martinez gets Finked

martinez.jpgNew LAT editorial-and-opinion editor Andr&#233s Martinez (to whom I would like to apologize on behalf of the blogging software we use, which does not allow me to put the accent on the ‘e’ in his first name thanks, Choire!) sits for a Nikki Finke profile in the LA Weekly. Finke calls him “the personification of a riddle wrapped in an enigma when it comes to the right-versus-left political maelstrom that’s sucking subscribers out of the newspaper,” but what I think she really means is that, as befits an editorial-page boss, his world view is complex. Finke’s interview transcript is online along with the profile. Martinez has thoughtful things to say about the nature of editorial pages, and while the wild days of Kinsleyan experimentation and argument-bating appear to be over, it doesn’t sound like the LAT editorial page will revert to the boring gravitas of eras past. You have to admire a guy whose writing career includes a book about losing $50,000 in Vegas (and I’ve read it– it’s funny) as well as a series of well-researched editorials arguing against farm subsidies in the US. Because range is a good thing.

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