Media Re: Former Stranger Editor to Head Up PI Arts & Culture Coverage
posted by July 16 at 1:08 AMon
Maybe this is why the PI is hot for a former Stranger editor.
From a recent Harvard U. study:
The results were especially grim for newspapers. Only 16 percent of the young adults surveyed aged 18 to 30 said that they read a newspaper every day and 9 percent of teenagers said that they did. That compared with 35 percent of adults over 30. Furthermore, despite the popular belief that young people are flocking to the Internet, the survey found that teenagers and young adults were twice as likely to get daily news from television than from the Web.
Speaking of which: I was out at a bar Friday after work, and I was laughing about this time 100 years ago when, desperate for a writing gig, I convinced the editors of a now long-gone music magazine called Cake that their aspirations of being an anti-establishment, “alternative” rag were undermined by the fact that they weren’t covering heavy metal. I argued that metal was the real music of the people, and that it was being ignored by both the mainstream music press and the so-called alt press. They bought it (I didn’t know shit about metal), and they handed me a regular gig.
Anyway, as I was telling this story, a woman sitting at a nearby table, exclaimed: “You wrote for Cake!?!” She had read it as a teenager. She told me she had been hired to start up a new magazine here in town, and she wanted to base it on Cake. She wanted to know if I had any old copies so she could see it again.
She wrote down her name and business number, and told me I should get in touch if I could dig up any old copies for her.
Her business phone? The Seattle PI.
I did find some of those old (bad) mags. Here’s some crazy garbage I wrote in Cake issue #20 about a band called Kyuss:
“They combined Sonic Youth montage with Black Sabbath molten lava that sparkled like a black light poster and fit like a well-worn Jimi Hendrix T-shirt. Now, Kyuss are back with the exact same mix: thick LSD guitars, tarantula buzz rhythm, while frontman John Garcia sings as if he’s playing the lead in a 1971 production of Jesus Christ Superstar.”