(We’re going to leave this up top today, but keep scrolling for some fresh stuff down below.)
UPDATE: Transterrestial Musings and Instapundit have more. Do you think the editors have noticed that Lileks has a readership across the internet that dwarfs any other byline at the paper? American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson chimes in.
And TruthLaidBear is charting blogosphere reaction. Some lefties are jubilant.
James Lileks, a terrific writer and one of the best newspaper columnists in America, says on his blog today that his newspaper, the Minneapolis-St.Paul Star-Tribune, has decided to kill his column and have him write straight local news stories. This is like the Miami Heat deciding to relieve Dwyane Wade of his basketball-playing obligations so he can keep stats.
Sometimes I don’t understand the newspaper business. What’s left of it.
(Emphasis added, so the blind at the Strib don’t miss it.) As the old Irish saying goes: When everybody says you’re drunk, you’d better sit down.
Lileks is exactly the sort of person a newspaper needs to thrive in the digital age. I honestly can’t think of another journalist