Quick Goes Weekly, Local Folks Impressed

Got a sneak peak last night at the new weekly edition of Quick, which I believe hits boxes today. Passed it around the bar to some young folks. Showed the ladies at home. Passed it around the office today. The consensus was: “Nice.” Everyone agreed the focus on events, nightlife, youth culture, and entertainment is appropriate. Everyone liked the three pages of drink specials. Everyone loved that Gordon Keith, Ben and Skin, and Alibaster were still columnists. Everyone liked the idea of a dating and sex column. Really, not too many complaints. In fact, Ol’ Man Allison nearly spit his coffee. “I LOVE it!” he declared. He also wanted me to mention that earlier this year we had serious internal talks about producing something just like this. We decided that if we did it, the DMN would throw its resources behind a similar product and bury us with money and greater circulation. Looks like we were right.


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41 responses to “Quick Goes Weekly, Local Folks Impressed”

  1. Brandon says:

    Didn’t the DMN’s ‘GUIDE’ used to be this kind of format around 15 years ago?

  2. Gwyon says:

    A Sgt. Pepper-inspired group shot? Someone in the art department is mailing it in.

  3. Daniel says:


    Precisely my thought when I saw it. It was clever when Frank Zappa did it in, like, 1968.

  4. John M says:

    So it’s like the Observer without the whole journalism thing?

  5. Jim says:

    Of course you guys like it. There’s nothing substantive in it. Sort of like D.

  6. ben says:

    I’m sure D had some serious internal talks about a Sgt. Pepper cover and Quick just stole it. D is always right.

  7. Bethany says:

    Why do people hang out on blogs of magazine’s they despise, and then post comments about how much they despise the magazine whose blog they’re now commenting on?

  8. amanda (the real one) says:

    Bethany, they do it because they are trying to help us understand the evils of reading or (shudder) enjoyment of D and all things D.

    Yeah Gordon!

  9. ben says:

    Maybe you can answer your own question Bethany since you were so defensive on the Newsbuyout08 blog a few weeks ago.

  10. Bethany says:

    Who are you talking to?

  11. Generic First Name Without Link says:

    Stuff here’s crummy. You’re crummy for liking your stuff. Stuff at is better, or newer, or written by less crummy writers.

  12. Jim says:

    To you Bethany. Or are blogs only fun when you get to write little snarky comments about the truly pathetic writing skills of a working mother in Frisco whose husband is dying of cancer?

  13. Bethany says:

    You can’t be, since none of what you said above applies to me. You’re so cute.

  14. billy says:

    Quick in the weekly version will be strong competition for the Observer. I think many Observer readers ignore the political content, instead focusing on the music/movie/restaurant listings and reviews (and ads for escort services.)

  15. amanda (the real one) says:

    Bethany, he is cute, too bad he’s taken.

  16. Tim Rogers says:

    If I were Sam Merten, I’d have more hair, I’d let one handshake ruin my day, and I’d be really worried about the new Quick. That thing is an Observer killer.

  17. Justin says:


    I have to disagree with you on that. Up until Jim Schutze went all Don Quixote with the Cesar Chavez stuff his column was required reading for Dallas civic issues that the DMN couldn’t be trusted to report on accurately. Even since then, he can dial back the dosage of indignation when he wants to and put out a timely and important article.

    I haven’t seen the new Quick format yet but as long as they refrain from regurgitating wire content as the DMN has taken to doing it could be of some value. But it won’t be replacing The Observer any time soon.

  18. Spamboy says:

    If the conservatives were mad at Wick for his Obama endorsement, imagine how they’ll feel at his spitting exclamation, “I LOVE it!”

    The frequency change in Quick is important to me. Reading one product spread across five separate days requires less effort than one concise edition I can read all at once.

  19. Jim says:

    Sort of like how The Met was an Observer killer.

  20. Justin says:


    Doubtful. Unless people are fine getting all their local news from the DMN, and if they are they probably aren’t Observer readers anyway.

  21. Me! says:

    I like burritos

  22. Don in Austin says:

    Ok, where’s the link to Quick content on the web? You’re not actually going to force me to navigate the DMN website are you?

  23. Tim Rogers says:

    @ Jim: that hurt.

    But the difference is that the DMN (and Quick) have enough resources to kill with 1,000 cuts, over time. At The Met, we had one butter knife that we all shared.

    Still hurting.

  24. Bethany says:

    Do you think somewhere, Jeremy Halbreich is wishing to kick something?

  25. Gordon Keith says:

    Please tell me that Quick got rid of Gordon Keith.

    Don’t click here.

  26. Don in Austin says:

    Thanks, Tom.

  27. amanda says:

    “Gordon” me likes what me reads.

  28. Bethany says:

    which amanda are you?

    I’m so confused.

  29. amanda says:

    Does it matter?

  30. Daniel says:

    I think Quick is aimed at 20-somethings, whereas the Observer is aimed at 30-somethings. Personally, I find “dating and sex” columns and dance-club reviews rather pointless and silly. But then, I’m old enough to insert a dated cultural reference here. (Hounds of Love, for the second time in one week. There.)

    Great new mugshot, Gord. Brooding yet rugged, urbane yet baked to the gills.

    Brooding. Urbane. Baked to the gills. Now that’s a weekly column. Now that’s Gordon Keith.

  31. Warhol Reject says:

    How cute!

  32. MIssing Dots says:

    please remember this isn’t a blog, its a conversation between the editors of DMagazine. (c)

  33. dave little says:

    i am going to start my own magazine. we meet tonight in my backyard. my mom’s baking cookies. wheeeeee!!!!!!!!

  34. Phil says:

    I like the fact that if you don’t get to Quick quick enough, you’ll still have six days to catch up before the next Quick comes out.

    More good news: Belo shares have only lost 88 percent of their value since this time a year ago.

  35. Bethany says:

    Which brings me back to my first question – why spend time and energy on something you despise?

  36. Cassie says:

    And that brings me to another question. Why defend a media company so vigorously and frequently when they have not hired you?

  37. Cowboy Marxist says:

    Yes that is the bigger question Cassie.

    Why do Bethany/Amanda defend every movement and word these guys crap out? Why? It puts them that much closer to the faux elite.
    It is funny, but sad, but funny, but pretty sad, but more more funny to watch them grease the chariot.

    It is like those yes men that surround Sarah Palin telling her how wonderful she is.

  38. Bethany says:

    Was that a defense of D? If so, it was a lousy one. I was just curious as to what would compel someone to comment and read a blog they hate.

    And, for what has to be at least the 80th time this week, I already have a job – one that pays well and has excellent benefits.

    And I’ve disagreed plenty here. For instance:


  39. ben says:

    Bethany you were on this blog from 11:25 a.m. until 11:27 p.m. yesterday. And that’s just this thread. I want to work where you work.

  40. Bethany says:

    Do you really think I sat here, with this thread open, frantically hitting refresh, that entire time?

    I have busy times, and then I have slower times. I wait for people to return calls, and peek in. I’m also an excellent multitasker.

    But thanks for keeping track of me.