Wesley Morris will leave his post as film critic for the Boston Globe to write full time for Grantland.
His exit is a blow to the Globe's arts section. Morris has a loose, jazzy style, a virtuoso feel for adjectives and a passion for film history. He earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 with the awards committee hailing his "...pinpoint prose and an easy traverse between the art house and the big-screen box office."
Morris did not return a call and email requesting comment on his departure from the world of newspapers.
In a note to Globe staff obtained by Romanesko, Globe features editor Doug Most said Morris will write about film and culture at Grantland. He currently has a blog on the ESPN-owned site that tackles sports style.
"For a moment, forget about the writing," Most wrote. "The superb, brilliant writing. Wesley's presence in our world has been about so much more than just his wonderful film criticism and insightful takes on pop culture. Wesley is a true friend to so many of us. We love him for his infectious sense of humor, his generous heart, and of course his marvelously snappy sense of fashion, as he bounds in from the Red Line wearing one of his many stylish caps."
He's shared reviewing duties with the Globe's Ty Burr for a decade and previously worked as a critic for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Launched in 2011 by sports columnist Bill Simmons, Grantland has snagged an impressive roster of contributors including videogame expert Tom Bissell and author Chuck Klosterman.