The Mark Oppenheimer Exit Interview

New York Times columnist shares delightful tête-à-tête.

Brilliantly done. A day after informing The New York Times that he was stepping away from his duties as a “Beliefs” columnist, Mark Oppenheimer (pictured) has followed with a clever bit of introspection on his blog. A Q&A with Oppenheimer, conducted by Oppenheimer.

What first question would you ask yourself in this situation? Oppenheimer opts for the very logical ‘Why are you leaving?’ Later, after revealing that the future of his once-a-month NYT religion column was relatively secure, he replies to, ‘So you’re firing them?’:

I’m not firing them, not exactly. Let’s just say I am transitioning them out. I’m helping them move on to new challenges and opportunities.

Ha ha. Oppenheimer has plenty of other things on his professional plate, including the sprouting of live events from a Tablet magazine podcast. The best compliment we can pay Oppenheimer is that his extensive self-dialogue reminded us of Woody Allen’s early long-form published comedy writing. Bravo.