Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Rock 'n' Roll goodbye letter at the LA Weekly

We don't know Kate Sullivan personally, but we've sure noticed her Rock 'n' Roll Love Letter section in the LA Weekly. She's got a real passion and an ability to get it down in a way that makes that passion jump off the page. Her writing made us notice, so it's too bad to hear she's gotten the axe as the Weekly's music editor and is being replaced by a guy from the Riverfront Times in St. Louis, another paper in the Village Voice media chan that now owns the Weekly (and who put Tony Ortega in the editor's chair at the Village Voice itself).

Kevin Roderick over at LA Observed says "Word around is that it's another example of the chain's desire to dictate local hiring even at papers like the LA Weekly with a pretty good track record of luring talent." Well, it couldn't have been because of her output, because Kate's writing got it right and gave us a reason besides the ads to read the Weekly's music section. If somebody's smart she might even wind up at the New York Times like that movie gal Manohla Dargis, who wrote like a college politics major at the Weekly and LA Times, but grew up (or found good editors) at the Grey Lady.

So maybe now's the time for her to open up her invitation-only "Rockblog" to the public so we can read some more.

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