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Andrew Goldman Takes Over NYT Magazine’s ‘Questions For’ Column

Less than two weeks removed from ousting Deborah Solomon from the role, New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren has hired Andrew Goldman as her replacement for the “Questions For” column.  Goldman has written Elle’s monthly Cherchez La Femme column for eight years and interviewed countless celebrities about their dating lives.  Goldman will start at NYT Magazine on Mar. 6 and is confident that he will transition well into his new position.

I can certainly interview Donald Rumsfeld as well as I can interview Ashton Kutcher.  No, it’s not gonna be cute boys and cute girls. It’ll be smart guys and smart women.

Goldman added that he will stick to the same format that Solomon used for “Questions For.”  His last Cherchez La Femme column for Elle will run in June.

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Randy Cohen Out, Ariel Kaminer In At The New York Times Magazine

On the same day that Deborah Solomon was handed her walking papers by editor Hugo Lindgren, Randy Cohen will also be making his exit from The New York Times Magazine.  Cohen penned The Ethicist column for the magazine and now will move on to work on a public radio show about ethics.

Not one to waste any time, Lindgren tapped Ariel Kaminer to take over for Cohen at The Ethicist.  Kaminer previously served as editor of the Arts & Leisure section and worked at Lindgren’s old stomping grounds — New York magazine.  Kaminer is also a founder of The Ethicist and The Way We Live Now columns at The NYT Magazine.  Lindgren spoke glowingly of Kaminer and believes she is more than qualified for the job.

We are excited about the fresh new perspective and enthusiasm that Ariel will bring to the column.  As Times readers know, she is a terrific writer with an original voice and a wonderful sense of humor. She is not only familiar with The Ethicist column, she helped usher it into the world, and we feel very confident that it is being passed from one good set of hands to another.

Deborah Solomon Parts Ways With The New York Times Magazine

After heading up the “Questions For” page of The New York Times Magazine for eight years, Deborah Solomon has fallen victim to editor Hugo Lindren’s staff overhaul and is leaving the title.  Solomon joins former deputy editor Alex Star and “The Medium” columnist Virginia Heffernan as The NYT Magazine’s most recent departures.  Solomon discussed her next steps in a letter to The Observer.

My immediate plan is to devote myself to my long-overdue, almost-finished biography of Norman Rockwell, which will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. I had eight great years writing the column, and I have been encouraged by the paper’s top brass to continue writing for the paper. Naturally, I also plan to continue asking as many impertinent questions as possible.

Deborah Solomon’s Missing Questions for Josh Schwartz

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FBLA stumbled upon one of those missing tapes with the questions that NYT interviewer/fabulist Deborah Solomon really asked Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz:

Q: So is Ben Silverman the best hung mogul in Hollywood?

A: No, but he is supersmart.

Q: What’s your sex life like?

A: I go on the Internet and look for mean things that have been written about the shows that I work on.

Q: Has working in Hollywood made you more interested in coprophilia?

A: There’s that, too. My girlfriend is definitely a big proponent of that. I’m more into self-flagellation.

Q: Do you been play with yourself in the writer’s room?

A: Not really. I’m too afraid of getting caught.

Q: How do you ensure that your inane shows will always have an audience–do you pay people to watch?

A: I do. I give a lot back to U.S.C.

(Edward Champion has quite the collection of Solomon’s foibles.)

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Media Matters

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Tim Rutten is at the peak of his form today, castigating Dan Rather for being a buck passing whiner. Okay, Rutten put it more eloquently, but that’s the gist. LAT.

Mary McNamara critiques Rather’s performance on Larry King. It’s sad when King is the coherent one, isn’t it? McNamara has really hit her stride as a TV critic–maybe she had to let it out after years of writing suck-up celebrity interviews. LAT.

AFTRA is going after TMZ TV. Seems the tabloidy show didn’t want to pay union money, which explains the utter nobodies hired to host. TabloidBaby.

James Woods says Nicole Brown Simpson wanted to get cozy with him. Even if this is true, shut up! Do her kids need to know this? Page Six.

Katha Pollitt and Deborah Solomon have a hen-fest, during which Pollitt displays her ignorance about the rise of neighborhood nail salons. Don’t forget–when learning to drive, she admitted to not knowing anyone Asian. NYT.

Kristin Gore’s Second Novel Out in July

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Kristin Gore, daughter of Tipper and Al, gets the kitty-lick treatment from Deborah Solomon in the NYT. Solomon who, like so many others, seems to think that a week long gig at Saturday Night Live is somehow significant.

Gore’s no dummy, no fool–why not ask her some real questions? Examples: Do you think you’ve received special treatment as the child of a famous person? How do you separate your own achievements from those of your father? But Solomon doesn’t even try.

Gore has written a sequel, Sammy’s House, to Sammy’s Hill, her first roman a clef DC novel, which garnered good reviews and a movie deal with David O. Russell to direct.

LA Observed linked to an interview in Women’s Health but failed to notice the tense. Gore worked on Futurama, which has been off the air since 2003.