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Randy Cohen Looks for a New Path

The New York Observer caught up with Randy Cohen, the ex-Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine, and aside from allowing Cohen to vent (he thought about suing Hugo Lindgren for firing him) it also gave him the space to promote his new radio show that he’s hoping someone will pick up.
The show – titled A Question of Ethics – would be pretty much like you’d expect it to be: People calling-in and asking for advice, which Cohen would then distribute. However, not everyone thinks it’s a great idea:
So the idea of an ethics call-in show isn’t that crazy. The Observer even pitched the show, without mentioning Mr. Cohen’s name, to Heidi Schultz at Public Radio International. Ms. Schultz frequently screens new programs for their viability and called the idea ‘fine,’ or at least good enough not to pass on outright.
Uh, that doesn’t sound like much of an endorsement to us. But maybe that’s because advice columns have always struck us as kind of stupid. Why would anyone want advice from some random person, even if that person writes for the Times? If you desire comments from complete strangers, we suggest hanging out in front of Yankee Stadium after the Bombers lose. There’ll be plenty of people ready to give you their opinions.
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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.

Sundown on Sunset: The Sweet Life


What a week!

Pinkberry sells not-too-sweet goo made from food-like products.

Speaking of sweet goo, the Spice Girls are re-uniting.

Hilary Clinton is also a fan of sweet goo.

Justice is sweet: Laura Albert, aka JT LeRoy, was found guilty of fraud.

Life in downtown LA is sweet, and getting sweeter, according to Variety.

Sweet talk didn’t work for Randy Cohen, aka The Ethicist.

Countdown to Harry Potter–might be sweet, might be goo, will be terrific.