New York Times editor Hugo Lindgren announced that Chuck Klosterman will be the new voice behind the publication’s Ethicist column. Here’s what Lindgren had to say:
“As for his ethical qualifications, anyone who has read Chuck’s work knows him as a writer who likes to confront, with great humor and wisdom, all manner of thorny questions and complicated characters — and who isn’t afraid of expressing his opinions about how things are and How They Should Be. Chuck wrote an exceptional series of tryout columns and expressed his desire for the job with a singular intensity. We expect his columns to be thoughtful, engaging, witty and, yes, helpful.”
For anyone who’s familiar with Klosterman’s books, SPIN columns, or work at Esquire this is great news. Since Fargo Rock City, his first book, dropped back in 2001 Klosterman’s popularity has soared with each consecutive work. His analytical take on sports and pop culture was one of Grantland’s biggest jumping points but his columns seem to have gotten more infrequent and fans are rejoicing now that they’ll have another place to read about how Van Halen relates to Thanksgiving or baseball or something else that initially seems totally unrelated.
He told the Atlantic it’s a job he wanted for around ten years. Klosterman also had this to say about his new gig:
“This seems like the most interesting job possible. It examines actual problems and asks straightforward questions about how people should or should not live. It directly engages with the world of ideas, and it seems simultaneously objective and subjective. I realize some will argue that I am not qualified for this position, but it would be just as easy to argue that no one is qualified for this position. I only know that I want to do it.”
In the meantime, you can find Klosterman’s interview with former Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh here (where he asks the guitarist about the truth behind the lyrics in “Life’s Been Good”), his Twitter feed here, or his first post as the Ethicist here. He’s also speaking around New York City this week, you’ll have to look those dates up yourself.