That is (or will be since this is written two weeks before subscribers get their printed copy) the end of Marketplace. Not the end of me. Since I got word 24 hours ago, I'm still processing being unemployed for the first time since my first day of work May 23, 1988. So other than (I hope) finding meaningful employment, I'm not sure what I'm going to do.
I've been told, and it makes sense, that I should start a blog to maintain the discipline of writing. (Rust is a terrible thing, as anyone who owned a 1970s-era car should know.) And so, here begins, for an indeterminate amount of time, The Presteblog. The Presteblog is likely (though not certain) to read much like Marketplace of Ideas (posted at www.marketplacemagazine.com/blogs/blog2.php for an indeterminate amount of time), the opinion column and blog of Marketplace in the 10 years I was the editor of Marketplace. (What else would you call an opinion column in a publication called "Marketplace"?)
The late Marketplace of Ideas blog was usually four days of business/political stuff (and in three years of daily blogging I certainly never lacked for material), along with what I called "Frideas," on subjects that might be found in the Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal -- which included everything from cars to pets to parenting to adult beverages to my sons' Cub Scouting. We'll see if I can maintain that schedule. (I know I will tomorrow, because I had a piece written for tomorrow that, if I may be immodest, was too good to not run somewhere.)
The obvious thing I have to say is that if readers know of someone looking for a writer or editor or media geek with 22 years of experience in this (insert your favorite adjective, printable or not) line of work, email email@example.com. (Résumés, samples, references, etc. available upon request.)
We'll all see where this goes.