Dear Philadelphia Weekly,
I get it, okay? I understand. Truly, I do. Life is hard right now. Times are tough. Belts are a’tightenin.’ Forty years after you first began as a weekly publication, you find yourself in one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. You’re struggling to get by on a handful of writers – struggling to fill your pages with some meaningful content. It’s okay. Because I understand. I completely understand why you decided to include the “You’re Quite the Dish” feature in the Food section of the paper. A complete transcript of an imaginary, exclamation-point laden, oft-coy conversation with a personable dish? Brilliant. It accomplishes a multitude of recession-friendly goals. Continue reading
There’s only one category that interests me in the 2011 Philebrity Awards: General Excellence in Writing for a City Publication. This year – two of my favorite writers – Philadelphia Weekly’s Tara Murtha and Philadelphia City Paper’s Daniel Denvir – received a nomination. As an avid reader of Murtha and Denvir in print, I was also delighted earlier this year to find both to be personable and informative on the Twitters. But who gets the vote? When I pondered the question on Twitter and jokingly suggested a jello wrestling match to help me decide the fight, Mr. Denvir, who started writing for CP six months ago, kindly sent me the following:
I have exposed the weird and right-wing ways of “gun-toting, gay-bashing, tea-partying” state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, uncovered landlords treating low-income Section 8 tenants like crap, revealed that ousted schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman used the District’s communications office as a personal propaganda machine.
I have shown how poor black and Latina mothers can have their children taken away because they smoke pot, and how horribly bad sex ed in Philly public schools is. I wrote about how one South Philly drug trafficker from an infamous mob family serving life without parole became a civil rights fighter against the drug war.
I have criticized local media outlets when they fell short, including the Inquirer’s baseless and extensive campaign to arm school cops and the Daily News‘ regurgitation of a bizarre conspiracy theory that loads of anarchists were being bused in from other cities to Occupy Philly. And I have used my new “Hostile Witness” column to take District Attorney Seth Williams to task for failing to ensure that people convicted of crimes are really guilty.
I have written about Philly for national publications like Salon, The Guardian and The Atlantic where we, the nation’s fifth largest city, almost never get any attention.
Thanks for your support. Vote here: http://www.philebrity.com/awards/
So there you have it, kids. Head over to Philebrity and vote away.
At least something good came out of this whole John Yoo deal. Brendan Skwire, who writes at Brendan Calling wrote a little letter that went something like this:
“There are so many reasons why I should be offered a paid column at the Inquirer or the Daily News. I’m fresher, funnier, and more relevant than any of these writers; I’ve got local name recognition thanks to the cover of the Philly Weekly; I’ve been a guest writer at several blogs, including local blogs like All Spin Zone and Suburban Guerilla, and national blogs like Firedoglake; and I have a passion for the interests of my low-income, working class community in southwest Philadelphia….
I bring a perspective that none of the current conservative writers at the Inquirer (or for that matter the Daily News) can offer: not only am I a fire-breating lefty community activist who’s unafraid to take controversial stances, I’m a member of the working poor, and I dish it out to Democrats as well as Republicans. When was the last time any of your current columnists (collectively, a right wing lawyer, a right wing lawyer, and a right wing lawyer) had to choose between “heat or eat”, as I have done almost every winter for the past 4 years? Do any of these well-heeled writers really represent the views of the millions of working people (most of them Democrats) who live in Philadelphia? I think not. John Yoo’s taste for torture cheesesteaks when he visits the city is immaterial, and of all three, only Flowers lives and works in the city.”
Read more here, it’s hilarious.
And yesterday, he got his chance. Check out Brendan’s new column at Philadelphia Weekly!
Someone should start a newspaper to report on newspapers. (Please, no Brian Tierney jokes.)
Ever since I was a wee little intern at a certain alt-weekly here in Philly, I’ve wanted to get my hands on stats that tell me the racial makeup of newsrooms of local papers. (Yes, I was the lone raisin floating in a sea of oatmeal. It’s all good. No worries. I can handle it ;) ). Continue reading
Sam Donnellon, PW’s Sports Columnist certainly thinks so. Not quite sure. I have Chaneyesque-loyalties. At the same time, I must say Mr. Dunphy is quite the classy gent. Very polite, very much a good guy. Dude doesn’t miss a thing. I still have his business card. Never losing it either :p Continue reading
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The time has come for me to take a step back and let some other phillygrrls (and guys), have their say. Thanks to DB for contributing a post (and keeping my brain from exploding today).
Salivations, PhillyGrrl readers. The name is Don Bito, and I’m here to drop some knowledge on you. (It’s officially talk-like-you’re-on-Dark-Angel week in my head. There’s your first little nugget.)
But seriously folks. Bito and the PhillyGrrl go way back, all the way to that dark and treacherous time we all long to forget: high school. So perhaps our rivalries stem from some needy adolescent hangover… or perhaps from that time in college when we made a $20 bet to see who could score the highest on our British Lit papers (me) and someone took one look at their paper and started a premature celebration until they saw someone else’s score (mine) and then someone walked away both richer and more irritatingly self-satisfied (me).
The folks at YoungPhillyPolitics will be on hand tonight for a fundraiser benefiting local politico Seth Williams, who is running for DA in ’09. You’ll remember Williams as the candidate who ran against soon-to-be-retired Lynne Abraham back in 2005. Continue reading