Since September, the New York Times Magazine has had New York magazine editor Adam Moss up against the ropes. Tuesday, Moss pulled a Micky Ward, taking Times op-ed giant Frank Rich for New York.
As editor of the New York Times Magazine, Moss created the weekly that readers know today before decamping to New York in 2004. Last September—perhaps as an act of long-overdue revenge—the Times Magazine snagged Hugo Lindgren, who Moss had hired twice at New York, to be its new editor. As the New York Observer pointed out at the time, the move marked the beginning of an “intriguing rivalry” between the two publications.
According to Rich, though, his move was all about the Times (via WWD):
“As much as I love the Times, there was no way for me to reinvent myself at the Times,” said Rich. “I’ve been a critic, I’ve been a columnist at the magazine, a senior writer writing pieces for the well of the magazine, and then did both kinds of op-ed columns, including one they very nicely created for me.”
Hard to believe that the Times wouldn’t have created anything Rich wanted next.
Your speculation goes here.