Culture Editor Jonathan Landman tells coworkers in an email that he’s leaving the paper:
I will be taking the buyout and leaving The Times. We all know that the newsroom has to reduce its costs. No less urgent is its responsibility to cultivate a new generation of leaders. My continued presence would help accomplish neither. So it’s time to go.
I’ve never quite believed my good fortune here, a run of blessings too various and extravagant to keep expanding forever. The Times has given me an endless series of astonishing opportunities over the last 26 years, ending with what has to be the best job in journalism. (Out of journalism? Maybe I’d rather have played center field for the Yankees, as long as they’d let me hit leadoff.) To say I have been well treated would be like saying Warren Buffett is well off; the words are true but they don’t begin to capture the scale of the thing.
Landman was named culture editor in 2009 after running the Times’ online operation. Reached by email, Landman said he couldn’t say what he’s doing next.