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July 25, 2008

Gutter magazine vs. Baltimore magazine

baltimore magazineThe beef started last year, when local online arts/fashion/music publication Gutter magazine called out Baltimore magazine as a fluff-filled rag with no clue as to what goes on in this city.

"Do you ever ACTUALLY talk to anyone who lives IN Baltimore City?" the Gutter article said.

Now, I have to give Baltimore magazine serious props for their response. It was genius. Did they take a swipe back at Gutter? Nah.

They gave Gutter a Best of Baltimore Award for Countercultural Media Experience. It read:

"With dozens of rough-edged, super-saturated photos each month and a drunk-at-midnight's focus and 'tude, Gutter works really hard to show us that it doesn't care what you think of it. And what could be more beautiful than that?"

Gutter came back with a left hook to the kidney ...

"Granted, the first incarnation of Gutter was little more than a LOT of fluff pieces buried inside millions of Real Estate ads but we soldiered on.

In the end, we let go all of our writers and photogs who have been doing the same thing over and over again for decades and looked to fresh talent at MICA, UMBC and several of the other colleges.

And guess what! It seems to be working! I mean we’re not on par with B-mag by any means, but darn it we’re trying."

No word on whether Gutter editor J.M. Giordano (also a frequent poster on this blog) will be at the annual Best of Baltimore party.

I'll keep you posted. 

(Photo courtesy of Baltimore magazine) 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:53 PM | | Comments (8)
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GAWD. what a bunch of whiners....Gutter should be glad to get ANY kind of free press!

So when's Gutter going to come up with a 'Gutter Bride" edition? Hail to commercialized fluff I say!

"Gutter Bride" is an AWESOME idea K!

The great thing about GUTTER is, when it finally gets around to its Top Ten Proctologists issue, it won't have to look any further than its own staff for material.

BIff,
we have no proctologists on staff at present. perhaps you could recommend one? You seem to be at the age where one is necessary.
And we don't have a Top Ten issue. Perhaps you mean B-mag.

I guess the cocky truth ended up working! Congrats Gutter!

Whenever i pick up a copy of baltimore magazine while waiting to check out at safeway, i never get a chance to read any content...by the time i get through all the ads in the beginning, it's my turn to check out.

i also love how half of their best of's aren't even in baltimore.

"How can someone with no interest in music own a record store?"

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assemble a
group of artists, both visual and performing, into a
collective body.
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collaborating
individualists cohesively working as a unit. Ms. Ruiz has
worked long
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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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