This is both a surprise and a reversal of the usual currents underlying the departure of a full-time print film critic. Today is Karina Longworth‘s last day as an LA Weekly full-time film
editor writer and former film editor. She will continue to contribute as a freelancer and explains the decision was entirely hers:
For some time I’ve been itching to try new things, to write for additional venues and in formats I’m not practiced in… Then, a book project came along that I couldn’t turn down, and I decided it was time to make the leap. Said book will be my priority for the next couple of months…
This is not Longworth’s first book. Earlier this fall, Phaidon Press published the English-language version of an overview of the career of Star Wars maestro George Lucas that Longworth completed in 2011 for Cahiers du Cinema. “The new book is on Meryl Streep,” Longworth tells FishbowlLA via email. “It’s again for Cahiers du Cinema. This one is longer, more in depth; it’s the story of her career and craft via critical analysis of ten performances.”
The film editor position at LA Weekly is a choice opening, right up there with the Orange County Register‘s soon-to-be-filled slot of a full-time movie critic.