Newsweek has a lengthy chat with Michael Kinsley about his impending takeover of the LA Times editorial page. A couple of interesting exchanges:
Slate has been more successful than most online journalistic ventures. Would you attribute that as much to MicrosoftÃ¢€™s deep pockets as to the siteÃ¢€™s content?
Certainly Microsoft has been great. They never interfered and have paid the bills. My mental comparison is always with Salon and if we had pissed away money the way they did, Microsoft would have shut us down.
YouÃ¢€™ve written a lot on stem cell researchÃ¢€”even put aside a book on the topic to take this job. How much of that has to do with having been diagnosed with ParkinsonÃ¢€™s?
Oh, 100 percent. I supposed IÃ¢€™d be mildly interested anyway because itÃ¢€™s a very interesting political story. But the reason I wanted to write the book and the reason IÃ¢€™m engaged in the subject is purely selfish.