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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Post-Dispatch Art Critic David Bonetti Saying Adieu

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 5:15 PM

David Bonetti, art critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will be punching the clock at 900 North Tucker for the last time this Friday.

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Bonetti tells Daily RFT he's taking a "voluntary layoff," an option the local daily has given to some staffers which allows them to leave with benefits -- and which makes it possible for a P-D employee who's been involuntarily laid off to get his/her job back.

Not clear yet if the newspaper will hire another art critic or use the $$ freed up by Bonetti to hire back a laid-off staffer in another department.

Much as some in the arts community love to hate Bonetti, it's unlikely anyone would be happy if the newspaper chose not to replace him.  

Bonetti says he may be headed for Boston (on a permanent basis) by way of Europe or South America (temporarily).

His most recent item in the paper isn't exactly arts-related. The blog post, entitled "Incredibly Annoying People," ticks off a list of people he can't stand. It looks like "the entire Danforth family" makes up the only locals tucked into the list.


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