Staff writer Nathan Rabin is leaving his position at The Dissolve, effective immediately. In a post on his Facebook page, Rabin wrote:
Working in the media in 2015 is like being part of an epic game of Musical chairs. Everyday the music starts and you race madly to hold onto your fragile place in the world.
And when the music stops, it’s usually an older, more eccentric character who ends up without a home and without a job. Your heart goes out to these people and their families but there’s also some guilty part of your psyche that’s glad it wasn’t you.
Well, yesterday the music stopped and I was left standing. So as of today I am a man without a job. I took a big chance when I left the onion, but I believed in the vision of Keith Phipps and I’ll always be grateful for him and Chris Kaskie and Ryan Schreiber for making the Dissolve happen and allowing me the space to write about stuff that’s important to me.
I hope to continue to freelance for the dissolve, and write forgot busters and Nathan Rabin v The IMDb 250 and hopefully. Some reviews and career views.
But as of today I am a free agent. And I am looking for work of any kind. Ghostwriting, tv, books, pr, advertising, it doesn’t matter. I just want to be able to feed my six month old son and make my stint living in my in-laws’ basement as short and painless as possible. So if you have work of any kind, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org as my dissolve account is no longer active.
I’ve been riding a long streak of bad luck as of late-books, tv shows, columns, refinancing mortgages, podcasts that almost happened, then fell apart. So I appreciate the opportunity to do an honest day’s work. I’m fast, prolific and passionate and while there’s part of me that worries about feeding my family’s, I’m also embracing this as an opportunity todo new kinds of work for no people so if you have even a whiff of a lead, it’d mean a lot to a guy who’s struggling but also doing his best to stay positive.
Rabin, who left the A.V. Club along with staffers Keith Phipps, Scott Tobias, Tasha Robinson, and Genevieve Koski and contributor Noel Murray to found The Dissolve in 2013 is the third member of The Dissolve’s founding staff to depart: Noel Murray returned to freelance status in September, and news editor Matt Singer left for ScreenCrush in November. (Disclosure: I have worked with or for everyone in that sentence and still contribute to The Dissolve.) No official reason has been given for his departure but Rabin’s Facebook post indicates that it was both involuntary and at least relatively amicable. He and Phipps both declined to comment on the record, but Rabin did post this to his Twitter feed late in the day.
Feeling really good right now. Thanks to everyone who offered kind words, good vibes and offers of work. I look forward to this next stage.
— Nathan Rabin (@nathanrabin) May 1, 2015
Rabin, who wrote for The A.V. Club for 16 years before joining The Dissolve, has also written several books, including an adaptation of his popular column, “My Year of Flops,” and has a dedicated fanbase, who are currently congregating in the comments of Dissolve posts like this one to process their grief, pay tribute, and rage against the machine. And his peers came out in support as well:
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) April 30, 2015
— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) May 1, 2015
.@nathanrabin is what you want in a writer: personable, insightful, and thrilling to read. I look forward to his work wherever I’ll find it.
— Zack Handlen (@zhandlen) April 30, 2015
When I was an intern, I wrote fan letters to three film critics. One was @nathanrabin. He was — and is — a brain that makes me work harder
— Amy Nicholson (@TheAmyNicholson) April 30, 2015
You’ve got his contact info, editors. Use it.