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WHO: Lisa Takeuchi Cullen


WHERE: TrueSlant


LENGTH: 187 words


WHERE SHE WROTE BEFORE CONSULTANTS FORCED HER TO TAKE A BUYOUT: Time Magazine


THE ENEMY: McKinsey consultants


WHY: The "twentysomethings with fancy degrees who've never worked a day in the magazine industry -- or any other honest line of work," are ruining journalism


MEMORIES OF CONSULTANTS: "They sat silently in the back row at edit meetings. They held hushed conferences in some borrowed offices. They made a lot of copies. They made a lot of copies. They used a productivity diagram so ridiculous it could have come off the set of 'The Office.' When they had eaten enough donuts, they left a seven-figure bill and instructions to lay off hundreds of people"


WHAT THEY SHOULD EAT INSTEAD: "Dirt"


THE LAST WORD:


There's a special parking spot reserved in hell for McKinsey consultants. The news is just breaking that Condé Nast, the venerable magazine publisher, is shutting down three of its storied titles: Gourmet, Modern Bride and Cookie.

[...]I hope the twerps are happy eating Kraft mac and cheese, wearing ugly wedding dresses and dressing their children in hand-me-downs. Because the editorial talent at those three magazines sure won't be lifting a finger to help them.



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