Mike Albo is certainly making the most of being fired from the New York Times. The one-time “Critical Shopper” columnist turned his ouster into the 2011 eBook The Junket and has now expanded those musings into a one-man show of the same name.
The Junket opened this past weekend at Dixon Place and runs for the next two Friday/Saturdays. There’s no better primer for the show than this Q&A conducted by The Slant. Albo starts off by describing the titular junket that got him into trouble with the NYT:
“It was the crassest junket ever,” he laughed in a recent interview with The Slant, rattling off the trip’s corporate sponsors — Trojan Condoms, Cold-Eeze, Pom Wonderful, H&M, Starbucks and Gillette!
“The bukaki of a junket,” he joked.
In the highly entertaining interview, Albo revisits all the NYT fallout details and also recalls the golden age of Internet freelancing, when he was pulling in from some circles $600/article and $1,000/month for a horoscope column.
Albo didn’t quite make out like that from his Kindle book efforts, but all things considered he did pretty well nonetheless. Read the complete Q&A here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
NYT Freelancer Loses Gig Over Thrillist’s Jamaica Trip
NYT Freelancer Takes Perks, History Shows Firing Imminent
NYT Defends Blurry Ethical Territory, Takes Swipe at Bloggers