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No jet plane involved
So as was noted on Twitter and elsewhere, yesterday was my last day with Onion, Inc. I've been debating how or whether to mention this here for a couple of weeks now, ever since I gave notice, but given how crazy Twitter and the site were yesterday, it's clearly good that I didn't spill any possible beans earlier. Several other people have also left the site. There's been a lot of guesswork about what's going on, much of it off-base, though I can't get into it at all here. There's been a lot of personal contact, too, much of it very gratifying and humbling.

I've worked for Onion, Inc and The A.V. Club for 15 years, 13 of it as a full-time writer and editor, and I've identified myself very heavily with the job, to the point of basing a lot of my significant life choices around it. For the most part, the tradeoffs have been worth it — I've gotten to work with a lot of immensely talented, tremendously intelligent, highly dedicated people who've taught me a lot about writing, editing, and critical thought. But I didn't realize how much other people identified me with the job until I quit.

It's been exactly as though I faked my own death and am attending my own funeral. So many of the people contacting me via Twitter and email have taken a past-tense tone of "We loved you and you will be missed." It's slightly awkward — I'm still right here, guys — but given how often we only see the negative side of commentors, how often people only speak up when they're angry or disagreeing — all the compliments and praise and well-wishing has been incredibly touching. It isn't just strangers who know me through my writing, either — I had some long, fascinating conversations yesterday at our send-off party with people I've barely talked to before. And I've gotten some phenomenally kind and complimentary emails from people I know but rarely see, or have worked with in some capacity over the years. It all amounted to a This Is Your Life episode, stretched out over the last 24 hours. It's so easy, writing for print and the web, to feel like I'm operating in a vacuum. Yesterday, I was reminded that people care, and it was incredibly energizing.

But this was the best part for me. This makes me think I peaked yesterday: Some stranger who's clearly very well versed in our website made this as an instant response to yesterday's announcement.

I'm-a feelin': tired tired

16 people still haven't weakened / Isn't it a great life?
ladycelia From: ladycelia Date: April 28th, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow-that was really well done. Since I don't follow Twitter, where are you headed to?
oberndorf From: oberndorf Date: April 28th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Best of luck on your new endeavor.
marlowe1 From: marlowe1 Date: April 28th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
So we will eventually find out what was going on, right?

Regardless of you guys, it feels like the AV Club is dying right now. At very least, I'm worried about the AV Club moving into its Joe Piscapo era.
revme From: revme Date: April 28th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
lcohen From: lcohen Date: April 28th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
hah--that was great! and best of good luck with the new project!
adam_0oo From: adam_0oo Date: April 29th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I am sorry to hear of your passing as I have enjoyed your contributions greatly.

I would read a review and be all "I KNOW THE AUTHOR!" In my head.
ladymajor From: ladymajor Date: April 29th, 2013 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
THAT. is amazeballs. I love you, my friend, and I am so very excited to see you next week and hug you and stay up waaaayyyy too late with you.
rollick From: rollick Date: April 30th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
SO looking forward to seeing you guys again. Are you taking off Monday to frolick with us? Because frolicking should happen.
ladymajor From: ladymajor Date: May 1st, 2013 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I do have Monday off and OH YES. We SHALL frolick. There shall be frolicking. The frolicking is mandatory. Please do not look directly at the frolicking or address the frolicking without first having been addressed by the frolicking. Frolicking is not for everyone. People with serious heart conditions or a terminal case of the frowny pants should consult their physician before beginning any frolicking program. Please keep all frolicking inside the car at all times. In the event that you over frolick, lie down in the meadow and giggle at the butterflies until you feel able to resume normal activities, such as bill paying, and the folding of socks.

Sufficient to say, I am a little excited you will be here soon.
bunj From: bunj Date: April 29th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I, for one, look forward to your new endeavors. It's nice to know that such a talented group will still be working together. Congratulations on starting the next part of your career.

Also, it's nice to know that, in this day and age, someone's still making Downfall parody videos.
buscemi From: buscemi Date: April 29th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've enjoyed your work with The Onion over the years. I look forward to seeing where you're headed next. :)
farklebarkle From: farklebarkle Date: April 29th, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit, it was kind of a shock. Best of luck with whatever comes next, though!
cassielsander From: cassielsander Date: April 29th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It has been super-great knowing you and I hope that you have many amazing experiences in your future!
rollick From: rollick Date: April 30th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Tasha's estate is grateful for the well-wishes. If you want to donate to the flower fund, please give money directly to Tasha.
marphod From: marphod Date: May 1st, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I go on a weekend vacation, and everything changes. Gaaaaah.

You're leaving the Onion? Wow. I think my brain is broken.

madresal From: madresal Date: May 3rd, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck on your next adventures! :)
16 people still haven't weakened / Isn't it a great life?