From our Late to the (Going Away) Party desk
Last week the Boston Phoenix got its front-page Ave atque Vale from the Boston Globe’s Joseph P. Kahn. (It also got a mournful editorial and this spiffy op-ed by ex-intern Joe Keohane, among other coverage.)
The Boston Herald? A whopping five paragraphs.
Until Saturday, that is. And from the unlikeliest of sources: Columnist Joe Fitzgerald, who notes the anomaly straight off.
You can add this column to the list of mourners now grieving the passing of the Boston Phoenix, even though its publisher, Steve Mindich, made no bones about his disdain for this writer.
The feeling was mutual, but that’s not what this is about.
It’s bigger than that.
You may question the objectivity of this observation, considering its biased source, but nothing serves a community the way a newspaper does.
It’s informative, annoying, provocative and vigilant, constantly stirring the pot of civic awareness, constantly poking at apathy, or at least that’s what it’s supposed to do, and the Phoenix did it well.
Fitzgerald adds that the Phoenix was also radical, rude, and impertinent, not to mention prone to “push[ing] the boundaries of good taste.”
Of course, leave off the “radical” and you have a pretty good description of the Herald as well. Not to get technical about it.
Regardless, it was good of Fitzgerald to send the Phoenix off.