11:25 am Jan. 5, 2012
Film critic J. Hoberman, whom we reported yesterday was fired from his staff position at The Village Voice, where he's been employed full-time since 1983 (he freelanced for them for five years before that) wrote an email message to his colleagues this morning in which he reminisced about his career.
His first freelance piece was sold in 1972, a review of the avant-garde film Flaming Creatures, he told colleagues in the email, which he also posted to his website, J-Hoberman.com, in an article with the headline: "It’s Here… DAS BLOG OF SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION!!!"
"Yesterday afternoon I learned that my position at the Village Voice had been eliminated," Hoberman writes.
"I grew up reading the Voice–in addition to spending most of my working life in its employ," he adds. "But, nothing lasts forever, and I’ve had a pretty good run in what, for me, was the greatest job imaginable."
Hoberman's exit elicited an outpouring of sympathy and outrage both in the comments sections of articles and on Twitter, including colleagues like Allison Benedikt, the film editor for the paper.
In his posting, which is free of vitriol for his now-former employer, there is nevertheless an echo of what we've been hearing from many fans who despaired of the paper's shrinking stable of long-serving critics when he wrote, "It's safe to say that I’ll never love an institution as much as I first loved the Voice ..."
The new site contains links to archived Voice criticism, his books and other Hobermania.