Apologies to all for the Garbo act I’ve been pulling this past week. It’s been a very hectic time, as I wrap up my obligations at one job and begin the process of starting another. I see Robert Garrick has done a frighteningly good job of tracking my press clippings, but in case anyone has missed them, here’s a Variety piece by Scott Foundas that lays out the story: I’ll be leaving my column at the New York Times on November 10, and starting at the Museum of Modern Art as a curator in the Department of Film beginning December 1. (Don’t know who that crazy looking guy in the picture is, though.)
As rewarding as I’ve found my fourteen years at the Times, I’m looking forward to moving on to new challenges on a new playing field. My goal remains the same — a hope to expand the conversation into the vast areas of our beloved art form, domestic and foreign, that remain largely unexplored — but at MoMA I hope I’ll be able to work toward that end in ways other than the purely reactive, working with the wonderful staff of scholars, enthusiasts and and technicians at that unique institution to get more movies out in the world where people can actually see them. It’s a campaign that needs to be pursued on several fronts — publication, restoration, exhibition — and MoMA has long been a leader in all of them. I can’t imagine a better place to be.
There’s going to be a lot of work to do — too much, I think, to continue this blog in a responsible manner. In the last couple of years I’ve already been finding it difficult to participate in the discussion as much as I’d like to, and I’m afraid it will only become more problematic in the future. I hope there’s someone out there who knows a little bit about blogging software and is willing to take over the discussion; interested parties, if any, are welcome to contact me, and I’ll share whatever knowledge I have. But my plan for the moment is to keep this site up at least for the next few weeks, in case anyone wants to archive what’s up here, and then close it down, probably by the new year.
I’m deeply grateful for all of the kind words that have appeared here. I’ll try not to disappoint you as I move into new areas. I value all of the friends I’ve made here and I’m sure we will remain in touch, one way or another.
With fondness, regret and no small degree of excitement and anticipation, I remain
Your obedient servant