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Jonny Diamond Resigns as Editor of L Magazine

Jonny Diamond has decided 10 years is enough. He is resigning as editor-in-chief of The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine. He announced late last night on Twitter that he was moving on because, “The world needed another unemployed writer of short stories with pretentious titles.”

Diamond had been the editor of the L Magazine since it launched in 2003. He told The New York Observer that he wanted to pursue fiction and freelance writing and “The very first thing I’ll be doing is not stressing about pageviews.”

Mike Conklin is succeeding Diamond as editor.

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The Brooklyn Paper Staunchly Defends Puppetry Critic

Yes, there really are puppetry critics, and yes, they apparently need defending. Today, The L Magazine came across a piece in The Brooklyn Paper written by Thurston Dooley III, who chides a children’s puppet show for – among other things – “a lackluster performance.”

Dooley notes in his piece that the child he was with didn’t even notice all the horrible things wrong with the Puppetworks performance of The Wizard of Oz, but no matter! Dooley could not sit idly by when such an “egregious sin” was happening in front of him.

Like anyone who just read an extensive article tearing apart a puppet show, the L’s writer, Henry Stewart, reached out to The Brooklyn Paper for comment. The response from Editor Gersh Kuntzman is amazing:

Comment? The story speaks for itself. Dooley is a columnist with a valid opinion. He has been to many many shows at Puppetworks and has written many raves, mild criticism, and attacks.

He is a valued member of our staff. We are, I believe, the only newspaper with a dedicated puppetry, mime and kids music reviewer. That is something to be praised, not attacked.

Take that L Magazine! And you too New York Times!

The L Magazine Launches New Quarterly Publication

The team behind The L Magazine has launched a new quarterly title, called Brooklyn Magazine. The New York Observer says that Brooklyn Magazine is staffed by writers for the L Magazine and several freelancers. Topics covered in the first issue include an interview with cover guy Michael Pitt and Ditmas Park’s design.

Johnny Diamond, Editor of both the L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine tells the Observer that he thinks the cred the L has carries over to the new title. “We’re not just coming in late to the scene and exploiting the ‘international brand of Brooklyn’—an expression I find dodgy, at best.”

It’s hard, but FishbowlNY is going to withhold judgement. However, if the next cover is as annoying as this one (although, fans of The Cure must be ecstatic) we might have to lash out.

Publisher Nick Burry: The L Magazine Celebrates Successful Year With A Party And More

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Publisher Nick Burry enjoying the libations, second to right. Photos by Emily Anne Epstein for L Magazine

It’s not often you go to a bar with a 120-minute happy hour, but that’s exactly what we got at The L Magazine‘s holiday party Friday at Home Sweet Home.

Sure, by 10 pm it was hard to move (except on the dance floor), but considering that this party was exclusively for the New York-based magazine (it takes its name from the notoriously hipster-filled L subway line) (the “L” stands for New York’s local magazine), some close friends and its advertisers, it would be easy to look around and come to the conclusion that print is definitely not dead.

We had a chance to talk to Nick Burry, associate publisher of The L, who told us that the annual holiday party was a way for employees to unwind. “After all, we run a pretty tight ship around here,” he laughed.

But it’s true: in 2009 alone, The L restructured itself as a bi-weekly magazine, hosted the Northside Festival (a 3-day music event in Williamsburg), and helped host the movie events Summerscreen in McCarren Park. And now that winter is upon us, The L just launched its first iPhone app called Cocktail Compass, which finds happy hours around the city at the touch of a finger. In early 2010, Burry told us, the magazine is looking to launch an event-based app that would let users know what bands, concerts, and parties are going on around the city. If this sounds like a million other apps in progress right now, The L‘s has a secret weapon.

“Keeping it simple is best idea,” Burry said. “Something really very streamlined and simple.” Hey, maybe it will even work on our Blackberry!

We also asked Burry about any changes the magazine will see in 2010. “Focusing on developing digital content and editorial online will be our main goal, but we also want to spend more time on events like Northside party, which was a huge success last year and we’ll have more time to plan for it this year,” he said.

More pictures after the jump.

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