The NY Times has a piece today about former Field & Stream editor/Heights resident Sid Evans. He's taken the EIC job at a new magazine, Gun & Garden, and will be relocating to Charleston, South Carolina next month. The piece asks the question – do you need to be in New York City to succeed in journalism?
New York Times: New York Heresy: It may not be a loss to the city of the same magnitude that Joan Didion’s and John Gregory Dunne’s decamping for Tinseltown was in the mid-60s. But it’s not often that somebody in the magazine business who has actually made it, and is still on his way up, decides to leave New York. To some, in fact, it is heresy.
“There’s a kind of arrogance here that anybody who’s not in New York isn’t here for a reason,” Mr. Evans said last week over elk chops and bourbon at Henry’s End, a restaurant in Brooklyn Heights near his apartment. “You really do begin to believe it, that the only smart people in the media are in New York.”
The reaction to his decision has been, to some degree, predictable. “One friend of mine who works at New York magazine told me it was career suicide,” he said.