Sunday, December 27, 2009
Anna and Ellen
When Anna Quindlen hung up her keyboard earlier this year, I sighed and said, "At least Ellen Goodman hasn't retired yet."
So really, I should have seen it coming.
As of January 1, Ellen Goodman is retiring from her Boston Globe column.
(If you know anything about Gail Collins' career plans, I don't want to hear it. Let me keep my illusions a little longer.)
I grew up reading Anna Quindlen in Newsweek - she'd already left the New York Times by the time I discovered her - and Ellen Goodman in my local paper, which syndicated her column. And then I acquired some of the column collections they'd published - including some from before I was born, which I devoured.
I'm not the type to write fan mail - I just gush on Twitter, or something like that - but I do want to say a profound thank you to two women I never met, but learned a lot from.