Globe public editor: Why readers were taken aback by Wednesday’s Life & Arts section

 By Sylvia Stead, The Globe and Mail's public editor

 By Sylvia Stead, The Globe and Mail's public editor

In Wednesday’s newspaper, the Life & Arts section ran a special issue called “The Age of the Gourmet.” It is a beautifully designed section with very interesting content on the positive side of food culture, the rare ingredients food lovers are looking for and a fun quiz on whether you know your kohlrabi from karela (I don’t).

As popular as this special section was, a number of readers were annoyed for two reasons. First, that there was no Arts coverage for the day in the Life/Arts section. “What gives?” wrote one reader.

Second, that there was a pointer from the paper to an online-only column by television critic John Doyle. “I expect to see John Doyle in the paper and don’t want to leave the paper to go to the computer to find his column,” another reader said.

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Kathryn Hayward, acting Life & Arts editor, said they are currently planning more special sections and will do some on arts topics as well. 

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