Still no announcement.
He or she had better get installed fast, judging from the immediate and fast decline in the quality of the dance criticism.
Macaulay on PNB's first night: "All levels of the theater were full" – really, Alastair? Eyewitness reports are that the first night was shamefully under-attended with nearly no one in the upper level. This isn't the first time that Macaulay has blatantly misreported about a performance in order to improperly promote the artists.
And there he goes again, mocking the audience members who, unlike himself, have true knowledge of what they are seeing on stage: "the temptation is to rush immediately into dancer comparisons. Can its Carla be as good as our Maria and Sterling? How does its Seth compare to our Chase and Robbie?"
The absolute best thing that the new NYT Culture Editor could do is to completely eliminate all of the current writers on dance and go with stringers. It would save the paper money, and readers would have a 50/50 chance of getting more professional reporting. That's a much better chance than we have now.