It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp Critic

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So, who's really up for the gig?

Robert Sietsema just crushed the dreams of some budding food critic. In his honest (and so disheartening!) take on Sifton's job, he illustrates the 40 hours per week of just eating, not including the actual, um, writing, and not to mention that, "the critic must blog extensively, answer reader questions, write best-of lists, tweet, and see to other social media concerns, as well as write extensive features ... Plus spending time with editors, fact checkers, copyeditors, etc." He mentions that Sifton always looked disheveled, and that with dinners at Craft comes a crap family life. Oy! And we thought the only professional hazard would be an extra few pounds. [Fork in the Road/VV]