Frank Rich is leaving The New York Times--after 17 years as a columnist and 14 more as its chief drama critic-- and heading to New York magazine. There he'll write a monthly column on culture and politics for editor Adam Moss, Rich's longtime friend. The move is a coup for New York, a morale boost given that the magazine has lost staffers to the Times, where Hugo Lindgren is overhauling the Sunday magazine.

This isn't the first big move at The New York Times recently. Below, a primer on all the staff being traded like baseball players, except without the million-dollar salaries. (You have to go to The Daily Beast for that!)

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Lindgren, the newish editor of The New York Times Magazine, is giving his staff a major overhaul. The first issue completely edited and designed by Lindgren was published Sunday; the New York Observer's Kat Stoeffel said it read like a "group memorial service" because there were so many columnists saying farewell to readers.

Goodbye to:
  • Deborah Solomon, who wrote the "Questions For" interview column, and was the subject of some controversy after it was revealed she'd edited in a few zingers after the fact.
  • Randy Cohen, who wrote The Ethicist advice column. He's going into public radio.
  • Ben Zimmer's On Language column is no more.
  • Virginia Heffernan, who wrote The Medium column on media.
  • Amanda Hesser, who wrote about recipes.
  • Alex Star, former deputy editor, is moving to the Books section.
Hello to:
  • Edith Zimmerman, editor of The Hairpin, is getting a column this month.
  • Adam Sternbergh, who'll serve as culture editor after being an editor-at-large for New York.
  • Sam Anderson, who had been New York's book critic.
  • Ariel Kaminer, who replaces Cohen at The Ethicist column.
  • Andrew Goldman, who's replacing Solomon.
  • Matt Bai, who worked for the magazine for eight years before going back to the paper to report on the news, is back as chief political correspondent.
  • Greg Veis, who edited The New Republic's website.
  • Lauren Kern, who worked for Oprah's O magazine.
  • Joel Lovell, formerly of GQ.
And elsewhere at The New York Times:

Hello to: