New York Times Magazine editor Paul Tough will be taking a buyout, John Koblin reported this morning. Tough plans to use his freedom to write–“Writing is more exciting and rewarding right now,” he said.
Fittingly, Magazine contributor Jack Hitt tells The Observer that it was Tough’s writerly sensibility that made him an invaluable editor: He was attuned to writers’ aims, and could pull off the tricky feat of helping a writer perfect a piece without imposing his own vision on it. And he was willing to muck around in the minutiae of an article–to “see the big architecture of the narrative and also grapple with the T-crossings.”
Hitt said that he and others had followed Tough to the Magazine from Harper’s. After all, when a writer finds someone with Tough’s skills, it seems unwise to let him go.
“A good editor is hard to find,” Hitt said.