New York Times drops Joe Sharkey’s ‘On the Road’ column; ‘didn’t see this coming,’ he says

The New York Times is dropping Joe Sharkey’s “On the Road” at the end of the month.
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“I wrote it every single week for 16 years,” he writes in an email, and “never missed a week, including when I just got back from custody in the jungle after the Brazil mid-air collision over the Amazon in 2006.”

He adds: “Didn’t see this coming, frankly. They said they had to cut the freelance budget -and I was a freelancer, working without any kind of contract. … I intend to write occasionally for the NYT here and there. It’s an amicable parting on the column, though as I said, rather abrupt. The perils of the freelance life, as we all know.”

Sharkey says he’s working on a novel about a travel columnist who hates traveling, and teaching at the University of Arizona journalism school.

* Joe Sharkey’s “On the Road” columns (nytimes.com)




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