A 2,500 word profile of Village Voice legend Wayne Barrett will appear in the Sunday print edition of the New York Times, although the full article was published online today:
Writing for a more mainstream publication with a larger circulation might have given Mr. Barrett’s work more exposure, might have made people take it more seriously. But he stayed at The Voice, he said, because it provided nearly total freedom to do what he liked. It was not until the last few years, he said, that editors even asked that he run his projects by them before getting started.
“I’m a spoiled brat,” he admitted. “I know I’m never going to have that again. I have to get used to the idea that an editor like Tina Brown is going to have her own ideas about what I should be doing.”
Two months ago, Barrett was let go from the Voice after 32 years with the paper.