Update (2:04 p.m. EDT): Klosterman, a music and culture critic best known for his Esquire column Chuck Klosterman's America and the book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, confirmed via email that he starts his new gig this weekend. He tells The Atlantic Wire: "This is a job I've wanted for 10 years. I don't claim to be more ethical than anyone else, or even more ethical than the average person. But I love thinking about these types of problems, and I'll try to be interesting. We'll see what happens."
Klosterman's first tweet as The Ethicist addresses the brief flurry of online detective work that broke the news of his new position: "This time, the Internet is correct."
Original: A tweet from New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren clued us into the fact that Chuck Klosterman is going to take over the magazine's Ethicist column after Ariel Kaminer left the post in April. "It's a little scary when The Ethicist starts following you," Lindgren tweeted. And sure enough, his latest follower is @nytethicist, a brand new account, who says he's also tweeting as @CKlosterman. Welcome aboard, Chuck!
Kaminer, known as a Times city critic, replaced longtime Ethicist Randy Cohen in February 2011, and lasted just a little over a year on the job before returning to the Metro desk as a feature writer, Capital New York reported in April. Since then, a series of guest columnist have picked up the popular recurring feature, none of whom were Klosterman. But from the clues on Twitter, it looks like he's going to be the guy from now on.