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TAKING OVER: Elle writer Andrew Goldman is Deborah Solomon’s successor for the “Questions For” column in The New York Times Magazine. Goldman’s column will make its debut early next month and will be part of magazine editor Hugo Lindgren’s relaunched Sunday magazine.
“He does good interviews,” said Lindgren. “He’s a good journalist.”
Goldman has been doing his monthly Cherchez La Femme column for Elle in a Q&A format since 2003. In the columns, Goldman interviewed “cute boys about women,” he said. By which he means: celebrities about their dating histories, best pick-up lines, etc. (Here’s an example from April. “Elle: What’s the most wounding thing a woman has ever said to you? Michael Douglas: Getting no response whatsoever is probably the most demeaning.”)
Starting March 6, Goldman will presumably address some heavier topics as well.
“I can certainly interview Donald Rumsfeld as well as I can interview Ashton Kutcher,” he said. “No, it’s not gonna be cute boys and cute girls. It’ll be smart guys and smart women.”
Goldman said his Questions For column will “be pretty much the same format” as Solomon’s.
Solomon — who has been let go by Lindgren — ran into some trouble in 2007 when it was reported she edited her columns by occasionally changing how she actually phrased a question. When asked about the pitfalls that journalists can fall into when jamming things into a Q&A format, Goldman said, “I’ve always prided myself in really going by the book of accurately reflecting how conversations went down.”
Goldman’s last Cherchez La Femme column will appear in the June issue.
— John Koblin