Critic John Simon Launches Website, Joins 2 Pubs
Michael Riedel reported in the New York Post back in mid-November that critic John Simon, has been let go from Bloomberg Media who hired him in 2005 after he was let go from New York Magazine after 36 years.
Riedel notes that Bloomberg says he's retiring, while Simon claims he's been let go. Jeremy Gerard and Manuele Hoelterhoff will now be splitting Broadway duties at Bloomberg News.
Now, Simon has launched a new web site, http://johnsimon-uncensored.com/ on which he proclaims "Like a giant tortoise from its shell, I am re-emerging on this web site. Here I will continue, freer and more independent than ever, to dispense my opinions, critiques and enthusiasms about our arts and culture.
I hope to be as interdisciplinary as all get-out and separate with might and main what might remain from what must go."
He is also reportedly joining both the Yonkers Tribune and the Westchester Guardian.
John Simon is a Serbian-American author and literary, theater, and film critic. He has been a regular contributor to a number of magazines, including "The New Leader," "The New Criterion," and "National Review." Although not a native English speaker, he is known for his incisive criticism on the use of the language in American writing, notably in his book "Paradigms Lost: Reflections on Literacy and Its Decline," and was one of the guests on the PBS special "Do You Speak American?"
Simon was theater critic at "New York Magazine" for more than 36 years, from October 1968 until he was fired in May 2005. Since June 2005 Simon has reviewed theater for BloombergNews.com. He also contributes a monthly essay to "The Weekly Standard."