READ: Last Words: Boston Phoenix closes today after 47 years. By Editor in Chief Carly Carioli.
The following statement from Phoenix publisher Stephen M. Mindich was circulated to staffers earlier today:
can state with certainty that this is the single most difficult communication
I've ever had to deliver and there's no other way to state it than
We were notified at 2 pm today
that the issue of the Boston Phoenix on stands today is the last one we will
The timing comes as a shock, but the news isn't a surprise.
We're less than a year into an experiment launched last fall to turn a 46 year
old alternative weekly newspaper into a weekly magazine. By every measure not
related to advertising sales, it has been a success.
Every two years since 1993, the Massachusetts Cultural Council has bestowed its Commonwealth Awards for “exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences.” The MCC has given dozens of those awards to recipients ranging from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival to the Boston Cyberarts Festival, and from Yo-Yo Ma to Aerosmith.
Shorter Salon: "Duhhhh, I don't know . . . it looks different."
Frankly, I didn’t realize Salon was still a thing – didn’t they change their name to Slate or something? -- but since Faraone just called me up and is ready to murder someone, a few brief words about this shamelessly shoddy piece on alt-weeklies, which even its editors must have known was suck-ass, since they waited until early on a Saturday morning to dump it onto the internets, sandwiched between (I shit you not) a think-piece on the history of the spork and a Dan Savage blowjob
All yr glossiez r belong to us
As of today, the Phoenix has officially re-launched in our new
magazine format. Our debut issue is 150 glossy pages of news and
politics, arts and culture, food and fashion -- everything from Harvey Silvergate's Freedom Watch column and Chris Faraone's recap of the DNC on LSD to Michael Marotta's pix for local records to look for this fall and my feature on Brooklyn's DIIV, who play Brighton Music Hall with Captured Tracks label-mates Wild Nothing tonight.
Presenting: The Phoenix's new logo. (Just kidding. Maybe.)
Been working on this new thing for a minute, pretty stoked. (Translation for mainstream media reporters: this has been in the works for a while, the editor is excited.)
(Oh also while we've got your attention you should check out the metal issue on stands tomorrow -- cover illustration by Converge's Jake Bannon -- album-length soundtrack already out now featuring the premiere of a new Shadows Fall track and Doomriders' unreleased Devo cover)
When it was announced on Saturday that Alexander Cockburn had died of cancer at the age of 71, our friend Dan Kennedy reminded us that it had been an article by Alan Lupo, writing in the Phoenix in 1984, that had led to Cockburn being fired from his gig writing about politics and media at the Village Voice. (The New York Times also notes the fact in an obit published in this morning's paper.
[UPDATE 12:21 pm]: Boston Business Journal is reporting the layoffs of longtime personalities Julie Kramer and Henry Santoro, and a possible switch to either a country or Spanish speaking format.
Earlier this morning we reported that WFNX 101.7 FM will be sold to Clear Channel. A few moments ago, the national media and entertainment giant released this statement regarding its latest acquisition.
some Phoenix readers might know by now, my first book, 99
Nights with the 99 Percent (Write
To Power, $14.99), drops softly around New England this week.
Subtitled “Dispatches from the First Three Months of the Occupy
Revolution,” at its core the project is a time capsule from the
center of last year's biggest news story, written and presented with
an irreverent stank on it.
Dunno what your Saturday night Grammy pre-game was like, but ours involved a tough-ass veggie-and-chicken plate, the world's longest power-point presentation, and the company of every newspaper in New England not named the Boston Globe or the Boston Herald. Believe it or not, this is what passes in the fishwrap industry as a hell of a time, and don't be fooled by our cynical description of the festivities: we wouldn't miss this shit for the world.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer-winning series of stories that explored the extent of the Catholic Church's
complicity in a horrifying, decades-long cover-up of child rape by the
clergy. The Phoenix broke that story nearly a year earlier, in a series that you can read online here
Oh, Krusty: we heart you too, big guy.
In last week's episode of The Simpsons (full episode now watchable here), Krusty gets a show on a premium-cable network. The execs tell him: "Here you don't have to worry about budgets, and the critics are in our pocket." Krusty, horrified: "Even the Boston Phoenix?" Exec #1: "If we don't we'll burn it down."
This weekend, after sleeping off the turkey, we here at the Boston Phoenix will be putting in a few extra shifts to begin the laborious process of clearing out the newsroom, which has been gathering dust, backissues, scribbled in-jokes, stuffed chipmunks, and Dukes of Hazard posters for a couple of decades.
If you're doing a double-take on the way past one of our red Boston Phoenix boxes this week, you're not alone -- Faraone amused himself for an hour this morning watching the whiplash at Forest Hills. You may have noticed that we took a different approach with this week's cover for our first (and last?) ever Rapture Issue
Before ELLEN BARRY became a world-famous Moscow correspondent for the New York Times, she spent a couple of years as a features writer for the Phoenix. Given that she just won the Pulitzer this afternoon for hard-news reporting in one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist in the world, you could say we wasted her talent.