Legendary Editor Clay Felker Enters Nursing Home

october 5, 2006  08:25 am
After battling cancer and pneumonia, pioneering editor Clay Felker, 78, has entered a nursing home. The founder of New York magazine exerted a seminal influence in new journalism and the alternative press. Felker owned and edited The Village Voice from 1974 to 1977, and founded California-based alternative magazine New West. But not everyone saw his influence as benevolent. A capsule history in The Village Voice's 50th anniversary issue claimed that Felker "dulled the Voice's radical edge by crimping the style of some of its more free-spirited writers, giving undue prominence to fluffy lifestyle pieces, and taking articles off the front page." One-time protégé James Brady pays tribute in Forbes magazine.