Before the current issue came out, A.P. Walther, the publisher of Salem Weekly, told me that the cover story would be the 10 year anniversary of our town's alternative newspaper.
Hmmmm. I have thoughts. Not a favorite story. My basic thought is…
At the risk of sounding like a phone sex line… I know what you want. You’re hungry for it. You’re hot for it. You’ve gotten tantalizing glimpses of what you lust for, but it’s been frustratingly out of reach.
What I’m talking about is a stranger Salem. Meaning, a city with sights, sounds, people, places, and other delights that make us go ooh, ah, and give me more rather than ho-hum, so lame.
Through this Salem Weekly column and other ways, I’m out to Strange Up Salem. In the very best sense of “strange.” Our city can be out of the ordinary: creative, passionate, energetic, artistic, forward looking, individualistic, vibrant, soul-satisfying.
We no longer need to accept Salem being the blandburger stuck between the spicy buns of Portland and Eugene. This town can be excitingly meaty (or tofu’y; I’m a vegetarian) in its own sensuously special ways.
How will this happen? What will speed up the evolution of Salem into the place we long for it to be?
Us. You and me. Everybody.
Especially including... Salem Weekly.