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Sep 29, 2011

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Fec

I have related the rumor to the Wife, who has in turn contacted her ad rep. As you may imagine, this will have grave consequences.

Billy Jones

You know, except for the briefly lived, Greensboro Observer, we haven't really had an alt-weekly since Ogi was bought out by the High Point Enterprise. Brian tries, bless his heart, but it's just not quite alt.

Brian Clarey

Suck it, Billy. And if you ever give me a "bless his heart" again, you and me are gonna tango.

Fec

I've got your back, Billy.

hugh

"Suck it, Billy."

It's OK to come out of the closet, Brian. NTTAWWT

Billy Jones

Brian wrote: "Suck it, Billy. And if you ever give me a "bless his heart" again, you and me are gonna tango."

You know where I live, come on over and we'll drink iced tea.

Seriously Brian, I know you have a boss. If it's any consultation I haven't read Triad Style or Go Triad since Yes Weekly opened its doors. Not once.

Brian Claret

You're right, Billy, I haven't been over in a while. I'd love to stop by for some tea in the yard.
Sorry for the outburst, but I take umbrage when someone insults the paper -- I've spent like 60 hours a week working on it for the last seven years and my staff does the same. As for our alt-ness, I think we're as "alt" as the market will bear. And a couple years ago we were accepted by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia -- the same group as the Village Voice, the Independent Weekly, New Orleans Gambit (my old paper) and lots of other really fantastic papers.
No one said "bless his heart" to me at the national convention this summer. We're a much smaller paper, of course, but we're well regarded. In fact one of our most talented staffers was poached by the Charleston City Paper just a couple weeks ago.
Whatever.
Your comment was insulting to me and to my staff. And I think that even Ogi, who is a dear friend and colleague of mine, would agree that we're pulling our weight when it comes to news in this town.
This whole thread began as an item about a story we broke.

Brian Clarey

Spelled my own damn name wrong. Maybe I'm not as good an editor as I think.

Ed Cone

"one of our most talented staffers was poached by the Charleston City Paper just a couple weeks ago" Who would that be?

Brian Clarey

Devender Sellars, our art director. Guilford College grad, guitarist for Decoration Ghost and all-around cool guy. Another talented young person headed for greener pastures.

Billy Jones

I've no doubt "I think we're as "alt" as the market will bear" is very true. My intention was only a friendly jab-- I guess I should have used a smiley.

Besides, what does an old man like me know about alt? My alt days are behind me.

PS. Your reporting is and always has been the best in the area bar none. If I were you I'd live in constant fear of poaching.

Lenslinger

I've no dog in this fight, but Clarey's tango retort almost made me drop my Droid in laughter. Not sure what passes for "alt", but I do love me some YesWeekly! - which is a refreshing change from the turgid prose found in the Rhino (You know your paper suck when your most entertaining material comes from transcribing reader's phone calls). Anyhoo, I know what it's like to toil for hours on a local media outlet only to be dismissed as rabble by that subset once known as the blogerratti. Carry on.

Billy Jones

"dismissed as rabble by that subset once known as the blogerratti"

Ouch!

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