Pulitzer Prize winner Chuck Philips recently launched a personal blog called the Chuck Philips Post. Today, he shares the English-language translation of an interview he did last week with Spanish website SwaggaMusic.net.
One particular passage that caught FishbowlLA’s attention is Philips’ answer to the question – ‘In what aspects did your life change after leaving the LA Times:’
“Nobody would return my calls or emails. Nobody would give me the time of day. I lost my job, my hope, my faith. My mutherf*cking mind. Then, after about a year of unemployment, I said f*ck it, and decided to spend my savings on completing Big’s murder investigation. I solved it in 2009. Late in 2010, the money ran out.”
“I couldn’t pay my mortgage. My wife left. I had to sell my condo. But like James Cleveland says: ‘When the load gets the worst, when the night gets the darkest, that’s God’s good time. That’s when he steps in.’ The universe intervened.”
Within the next few months, Philips plans to publish a new expose into the March 1997 murder of Biggie Smalls in front of the Petersen Automotive Museum. At the very end of the SwaggaMusic conversation, he accurately notes, “If Celine Dion go shot, how long do you suppose her killer would be allowed to walk the streets?” To read the full interview, click here.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Chuck Philips Calls Out the LA Times
Former LA Times Reporter Wants New, Front-Page Retraction