“Our Story of Losing Oxford American”—Marc Smirnoff and Carol Ann Fitgerald Tell Their Side
by ________Posted on August 6th, 2012 at 3:52 pm
Marc Smirnoff and Carol Ann Fitzgerald have come out with their own statement about their recent firings from Oxford American magazine. It is a very long, detailed account of their version of the events, filled with emails, texts, conversations, dates, timelines, and so forth.
This document was emailed around this morning by Fitzgerald. Here is what she added, as context, in that email:
Here is our official defense, Our Story of Losing The Oxford American. Marc wrote it and I edited it but the both of us agreed with everything that ended up in this final version.
Please excuse the length but there was no way to defend ourselves in a tweet. We needed the length to prove some complex and wily points.
Since July 12, Sabin has denied us access to our work computers and therefore we have lost contact info for many important people. If you believe in what we say please feel free to forward this document (and photos) to any person you think would be a fair and honorable listener.
We consider this our public defense and want any fair and good writers and artists and media people to hear it.
The following, below, is a quote from the longer attached document:
Of course, having the magazine I created in 1992 snatched from me causes a special pain.
I should, I am told, at least take sustenance in knowing that what I created (and then worked on with the gigantic efforts of many noble partners and colleagues and believers and artists!!!) is now coveted by lawyers and moneymen.
I should be tickled that scoundrels now roll up their sleeves to labor on, and froth over, something I made and which they clearly did not have the brains or creativity to make on their own.
I should rejoice, I am told, that dream-stealers and cynics must now follow my blueprints and editorial vision–or perish.
Okay. I can be infantile; there is some trivial satisfaction in thinking about my creation being my opponents’ love.
Again: Read the entire thing.