Media Erstwhile Stranger Editor to Shake Up the P-I’s Arts and Culture Coverage
posted by July 15 at 18:08 PMon
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.