The job of an editor is, of course, or at least in part, to edit—to remove excess. But while there is a certain joy pruning verbose stories to lean fighting machines, there is also a frustration when we simply do not have enough room in our newspaper for everything. This is one of those weeks. Especially for our Sound section.
Each week, we sit down on Wednesday morning in our conference room and figure out what to write about in the coming issue. Each meeting starts with selecting our “Picks” for the upcoming week, those 10 events that we absolutely think you should attend. Our relatively new Editorial Assistant Hayley Jo Murphy runs those meetings for us, and, last Wednesday, she arrived with a (figurative) armful of ideas about great bands that are playing in the upcoming week—some that are legendary, like P-funk bandleader George Clinton
; others that are achieving cult status, like flamenco head bangers Rodrigo Y Gabriela
, which our former Music Editor Ethan Maffey caught up with; and, the unknown Scottish folk-pop singer Natalie Clark, which Hayley herself tackled with one of her first articles for our paper.
But recognizing that we simply don’t always have enough space to cover what we want, over the past few months we have shoehorned a few new sections into the newspaper—like, Source Suggests in the Sound section, which is allows us to include another three or four bands each issue, and is collected and reviewed each week by local writer Anne Picks, and in our Culture section, a new weekly column called “Art Watch
,” which is written by Kelsey Rook (who, yes, shares a last name with our Associate Editor, Erin Rook; she is his sister; and, who also demanded that, in addition to covering fine art, she be allowed to cover the monster truck event this week).
We have been pleased that we are fitting ever more into our newspaper each week, and hope that you have enjoyed the extra coverage.