New opening at LA Weekly


#21

Silly rabbit, those fancypants writers have us FTCers to do that for them these days!


#22

Thanks man.


#23

Yes. Nailed the question at the heart of the matter.


#24

And we have a new critic


#25

Following the September departure of restaurant critic Besha Rodell, L.A. Weekly will be publishing reviews in the coming weeks from a number of voices. Karen Palmer is the former editorial director of Tasting Table; you should read her recent piece for the publication: “In the age of the influencer, do restaurant critics still matter?”

So uh, they moved from an employee to a whole bunch of freelance writers?


#26

Cheaper mode of doing business.


#27

Maybe soon we will, once again, be enjoying the pristine prose of our favorite non-poster @kevin
And that ain’t no fucking joke.


#28

“In the coming weeks” leaves open the possibility that the freelancers are a temporary thing. But they could also be saying that to avoid coming right out and admitting that the position has been eliminated.


#29

That is what they did after Jonathan left. How quickly people forget…


#30

I just remember complaining she was a mediocre writer in Atlanta but ‘peor es nada’ as my mother likes to say.

But I do hope they pick up a full time reviewer I do have a preference for the old fashioned *'d review format. My vote is for SIV although I know that’s not realistic.


#31

Who is SIV ?


#32

S. Irene Virbila
@sirenevirbila
Writer. Eater. Imbiber. Former @latimes wine and food columnist, longtime restaurant critic. Email: sirenevirbila@gmail.com. Instagram: sirene_virbila


#33

Seems like maybe she’s retired.


#34

she is retired


#35

And, at least to this reader, tired AF.

I can’t recall ever finding her reviews at all useful


#36

Agree. She was so startlingly non-creative in her scoping out of places and in her prose. I was completely mystified how she had that job for a day, let alone decades…


#37

she didn’t have good bedside manner either.

And doez not look so good:

She looks like Deadth.


#38

To each there own. I am not judging restaurant critics on their looks.

As for me I have felt more informed reading her reviews than any other critic in LA through the past 20 years. Less interested in how well a critic writes prose either.


#39

The LA Weekly editor-in-chief tweeted a reply that they will hire at full-time restaurant critic.


#40

Are you talking about this?