But I don’t have any drunken pictures of myself. I only have my beefs. And one of them’s with the Observer.
For about a year, the Observer’s run a lead story in its city section without a byline. Instead, at the end of the piece, the weekly offers a tagline. (For the not-so-media savvy, a tagline is another way to say, “Here, in bold, is the name of the person who wrote the story you’ve just read.”) I don’t know why the Observer switched to taglines, and I worked there during the switch. I asked around and no one, in fact, seemed to have an answer. It just happened. (My own guess is that the paper’s trying to be like the New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” section, but without, of course, Hendrik Hertzberg’s contributions.)
In any case, this week, the city lead’s about a neighborhood’s battle with a tattoo parlor–and, at least in the online edition, there is no byline or tagline. Now it’s gone too far.
Who wrote the piece? My guess is on Matt Pulle. It feels like his work.