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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Erstwhile Stranger Editor to Shake Up the P-I’s Arts and Culture Coverage

posted by on July 15 at 18:08 PM

Emily White, who’s written a couple books (this one and this one) and was the editor of The Stranger in the second half of the 90s, has been made Arts and Culture Editor of the better daily in town.

True, in my opinion her recent book sort of bugged, but, my god, do you know what she brought to The Stranger that The Stranger didn’t have before she got here? Charles Mudede, for one. She bought the first piece Mudede ever did for the paper, back when he was just this guy with tiny little dreds that he twisted as he spoke or thought. And Matthew Stadler, who wrote all kinds of crazy shit (like a long, factual article all about a French neighborhood in Seattle that didn’t, in actuality, exist—internet archives don’t go back that far [can we get an intern on finding it in the archives and retyping it?]). And Charles D’Ambrosio (the first four essays in his collection Orphans were originally published in The Stranger—again, pre-internet). I would need to make a couple calls to confirm this, but I’m guessing Rebecca Brown was first cajoled into doing stuff for The Stranger by White. Ditto Stacey Levine. Before Emily White came to The Stranger, there was no book section. You follow?

Oh yeah, and she wrote great stuff too.

I have it on pretty good authority—hers—that she thinks I’m dumb as rocks, but I happen to think she’s rather talented. Actually, I happen to think I never would have wanted to work at The Stranger without her influence on the thing. Whoever at the P-I hired her is fucking brilliant. I’m going to have to get a subscription again.

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Yes Christopher you are dumb as rocks but you are cute and young. Work it while you can, when you hit 30 no one will sleep with you on looks, they will actually start to look for brains, steady job, ect.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 15, 2007 6:11 PM


Posted by Awful Troll | July 15, 2007 8:13 PM

Oh Awful Troll, couldn't you just let this be about Emily? Couldn't you post your stuff someplace else? Like one of Charle's undecipherable posts. Or go post it after one of my comments, if you want - but not this one.

Congratulations to Emily. And congratulations to the P-I.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | July 15, 2007 8:22 PM

btw, Christopher IS very cute. I saw him on a website called, where I was amazed to see that I am apparently not notable. I can't imagine why.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | July 15, 2007 8:27 PM

I saw him at an Ian McEwan lecture. Hot and slim but meaty, like Sizzlean. Ssss!

Posted by he's gay, though, right? | July 15, 2007 8:43 PM

You have it on her personal opinion that you're dumb as rocks, but you're man enough to own up to saying she's talented.

Way to go, Frizzelle!

Haven't read her book, although must admit I found the title fetching. However, if this woman was responsible for inflicting Mudede upon your publication, I worry for the P.I.

Posted by Thom | July 16, 2007 3:53 AM

Saying the P-I is "the better daily in town" is like saying the Seattle Weekly is the better weekly. At least you admit that you don't subscribe, and I'm guessing you don't read either the P-I or the Times on a regular basis. If you did, there is no way you'd make that assessment -- unless you're a Joel Connelly groupie.

Posted by Tony | July 16, 2007 8:03 AM

@7-- I was really just talking about arts and culture stuff.

Posted by christopher Frizzelle | July 16, 2007 9:50 AM

c'est la vie. it's good to see a newspaper actually place someone who's not a 55-year-old white man in one of these roles.

Posted by frederick r | July 16, 2007 10:41 AM

Is this part of the PI's ongoing venture into trying to be cool and hip?

Posted by Sentient Being | July 16, 2007 11:15 AM

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