Lynn Medford gets to spend full time as the editor of The Washington Post Magazine, something she was doing along with supervising the two Sunday sections.
Since Frances came to Style well after I retired as an editor, I haven’t worked with her directly. But I had a long chat with her a while back, and she’s a delightful and spirited Englishwoman who’s very well regarded at The Post both in Style and, before that, in the Outlook section and elsewhere. We’re going to sit down next Tuesday and I’ll explain to her how the Invite works and what I do every week.
Pop culture editor David Malitz, who’s been handling most of Sunday Style lately, perhaps will be working with me as well, or entirely. Details still need to be worked out.
The restructuring, Lynn told me last night, was something she had asked for: Because the same arts writers work on both the daily and Sunday sections (Sunday Style focuses of on TV and pop music, Arts on classical music, art, dance, etc.), it was awkward to have two different top editors in charge: “Style needs to be one department,” Lynn said.
It goes without saying that we’re very sad to lose Lynn, who in January 2011 moved the Invite off Page 2 of the Saturday paper (the one with the smallest circulation of the week) to showcase it on the back page of the then-new Sunday Style tabloid. (I can’t believe it’s just been two years!) Like no Style editor before her in the 20 years of the Invite, Lynn took a huge interest in the column, reading the page proof herself every week and offering her famed North Carolinian “HAW” for her favorite entry of the week.
And as the 50-odd (also 50 odd) people who attended last weekend’s Flushies awards can attest, Lynn drove in from her home in the Annapolis area to join us and to thank the Loser Community for its continuing enthusiasm and deluded insanity. She even readily posed in the future Invite prize pictured above: a prim red sweater set. (No, really, it’s the hat.)
We certainly all have Lynn to thank for the space and resources devoted to our 20th-anniversary retrospective this past March. Lynn had multiple goals in giving such lavish play to the Invite: to celebrate to feature and its staying power; to introduce it to new readers; and to tell about the amazing phenomenon of the Losers, a media-driven social network long before such terms existed.
Last night Lynn sent me this: “I am going to miss you and your colorful crew. . . . Tell them I love them and hope I can still come to the Flushies!”
Week 1022: What’s not to liken?
We’ve done so many contests over the years to compare or contrast any two items on a list we supply that it’s hard to think you need any guidance; Bob Staake even wanted to do away with the example and just draw an even-wackier-than-usual generic cartoon: “Maybe a drawing of Michelle with bangs working her guns by pumping a solar powered butter churn as two Amish guys look on?”