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CL cuts back ‘Grazing’ after 20+ years

I received bad news from Creative Loafing today. The new editor has decided to discontinue my “Grazing” column, which I’ve written over 20 years. The reason was financial, according to dining editor Besha Rodell, who was given the task of informing me.

I may be writing a monthly version and will likely continue posting on the Omnivore blog.

This comes at a time when my (unconventional) psychology practice has also severely dipped. Before this news, I was already poorer than I’ve been since my 20s. So, I’m looking for work — part-time, freelance or full-time.

I’ll be writing more later.

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There are 22 Comments to "CL cuts back ‘Grazing’ after 20+ years"

  • Andy says:

    What next, no fried chicken livers at the Colonnade? What is Atlanta coming to!?! Sorry to read the news Cliff.

  • Monsieur Lee says:

    I doubt the words will stop. Sorry to hear that. (Who’s gonna feed you?)

  • Parris says:

    I know how you feel, Cliff. Sometimes this 47 year-old is reminded how much my life resembles that of a college student.

    Hang in there!

  • So sorry to hear this. I’m a fan of your work.

    Jennifer Brett

  • Sam I am says:

    I’ve read you for years. In fact, you’re about the only thing I read in Creative Loafing anymore and I’m betting that’s true for a lot of other people too. I used to love your Headcase column and was shocked when they eliminated that. But how dumb can the new editor over there be to cancel Grazing?

    You are among the best writers in Atlanta with a huge following. I hope this turns out to be a good thing and you start writing about more than food.

    If the CL editor is reading this: You’re an idiot.

  • MariposaVerde says:

    Is this a joke? You’re way better than that rag, which is like a fucking zombie — half dead and needs to be put out of its misery. Even the food issue they put out this week was LAME.

    PS: Your cover story for them about the AIDS epidemic was the best thing they’ve published in I don’t know how long.

  • Jimrenfro says:

    Cliff, I’ve been reading you as long as I can remember — all the way back to the eighties in the AJC, which has become as much a waste of paper as Creative Loafing. I gotta say I was always surprised how long you stayed with them. They’ve had some entertaining writers over the years but none with your “literary” and intellectual bent.Good luck.

  • Cliff says:

    Thanks for the support, y’all. I’ve edited a few of the comments because I thought they were a bit personal in their attacks on CL’s staff.

    I will be writing more about this soon. Meanwhile, I need work!

  • TommyS says:

    That is so dumb it’s funny. I know you’re hurting, but…SERIOUSLY?

  • Gus Kaufman says:

    Damn! I echo the remarks above-your column was a reason I still pick up CL. And I too miss Headcase (was that it’s name?). How about we have coffee and brainstorm some work for you? xox, Gus

  • MarcoNotPolo says:

    Well, that explains the “food issue.” I wondered why you weren’t in it. It was beyond LAME.

  • Dr.J says:

    How stupid. It’s like more of the harikari (sp?) they’ve been practicing for years. I’m sure you’ll get beyond this quickly.

  • TBD says:

    Well, if a lot of readers are unhappy I bet a lot of people in the restaurant business are happy. Hard to believe

  • BabaBaba says:

    Just saw the news on FB. How many years have I been telling you to get outta there, CB?

  • Mac says:

    Bummer, Cliff, but writing for CL became as profitable as sucking blood out of a cockroach for most of us years ago. When your head clears, I bet you’ll be gladits over.

  • Kay Stephenson says:

    Sorry to hear this Cliff. Keep us posted so we know where to find you.

  • Steph says:

    This is horrible news. I love reading your articles and I always look forward to your posts on the Ominorvore blog. I’m really bummed and I hope some good luck comes your way soon:)

  • Stephen says:

    You and Elliott introduced me to the idea of great food and have really enriched my life. Keep doing it somewhere; the town needs your wit, insight and spirit.

  • Cliff says:

    Thanks, guys. How do I get three comments in a row from three people who all have “Steph” in their names? It must be a sign.

    I’ve written another, more thorough post about my experience with Creative Loafing that I’ll post on Thursday.

    Actually, during the last few months, I have written a bunch of posts that I haven’t put up because they weren’t quite finished. I’m gonna try to get caught up.

  • The Lunatics says:


    We’ve been so caught up with running the show at the restaurant that (we are embarrassed to say) it took us a couple days to get in touch with you and tell you how sorry we were to hear this. Like so many other Atlantans, Grazing was one of the main reasons why we picked up CL as well!

    Alexander Graham Bell said: “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Our take on this quote: We are now free to invite you and Wayne to come by and be our guests of honor. Please consider doing so before 2011 comes to an end. We’d love to see you.

    Best wishes,
    Cynthia & Luna

  • Rebecca says:

    I’m a little late to this one, but like some of the others, your column is the only reason I read anything in Creative Loafing anymore. What a loss for the city! And a paper that may as well be put to rest for good.
    I look forward to continuing to read this blog and I hope to see you writing elsewhere in the near future!

  • Joni says:

    CL – CB = birdcage liner.

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