Cause, Effect, Yeah, Goldberg Is Involved

May 3rd, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

Let us, for a moment, take a look at a sequence of events to see if what we learned in our writing class tonight had merit (huh, conflict, plot, timeline?):

  1. Tod Goldberg declares the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to be a major holiday. He then notes that the tri-tip sandwich will be the official food of said holiday.
  2. The Elegant Variation successfully stalks Steve Wasserman at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
  3. Steve Wasserman resigns his post as head mucky-muck of the Los Angeles Times Book Review.
  4. Tod Goldberg declares he’s the head of the table and all must bow to him (or something like that; we can’t be expected to pay attention to everything).

Sure, there’s some doubt on the timeline. There always is. It’s possible that the tri-tip sandwiches preceded the holiday. It’s possible Wasserman resigned long before his announcement. We cannot say for sure. But we do love a rumor, especially one that hits our inbox all breathless and gloating:

Exactly three months ago Steve Wasserman dismissed a report he would soon leave the L.A. Times, declaring “I am in the saddle as the editor of the L.A. Times Book Review.” He is now, apparently, out of the saddle.

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