weekly weekly report : on time for once (developing)

It’s time once again for the weekly weekly reader feature, still in tabular format, but posted in a somewhat timely fashion. This week’s edition (temporarily) sacrifices appropriate linking for promptness and a more general overview (if you want a list of all the articles, the tables of contents are [/will be] online. The URLs will be added in as they become available, but isn’t the point of the weeklies to get your hands dirty by reading the paper version?

major topics
Remember last week’s
w.w.r., which tried to predict the hot summer storylines? It looks like
the big two are still in action this week — major player height
restrictions and regular undercurrent religion (News [#, #] and Last Days [#]) show up throughout the front of the book. Rather than relying on side-by-side comparisons on local
weblogs, this time the Stranger
takes on the Weekly’s
anti-density position with a full page smackdown. [#] Most enlightening
fact: Knute “Mossback” [wtf?] Berger is actually from Kirkland. Although this weblog
doesn’t have an “editor” or any “official opinions” the general
consensus at this week’s “editorial meeting/happy hour” was that
Broadway is in need of something more than ugly abandoned grocery
stores and faltering novelty shops; so bring on the mid-rises.
Regarding the Weekly’s central
complaint about the [theoretical] New Yorkification of Seattle, that
doesn’t exactly sound like the worst fate ever.
This week’s issue is highly
focused on blurbs. With a huge feature about things to do in the summer [#] (some of which don’t involve buying things [from advertisers]),
previews of summer books, previews of summer movies, rundowns of items
in the news and on the internet, this issue of the 54 SPJ Award Winning
perfects the art of  quickly-readable concise content advertised with a typically salacious cover headline (Global Warming Guide!). In addition
to all of the suggestions and short interviews with warm weather
experts, there’s a calendar of all of the festival type things that
seem to crop up to claim most summer weekends. This issue always
reminds me of my first summer in Seattle, in which I saved the guide
with the idea that I’d actually do some of the suggestions. Ah, the
optimism of youth . . .
other gems
Although both papers
cover the new Sleater-Kinney album (and their upcoming show at the
Moore on Tuesday), the Stranger
includes a really nice, moderately-lengthy profile. Hannah Levin made
the journey to Portland to hang out with the band and returned with an
insightful and personal account of the decade old [!] iconic Northwest
group. [#]
article about the strip club moratorium profiles the trials and
tribulations of “the 87-year-old godfather of nude dancing” [#]; a preview
of why this year’s drought might not be as bad as the 2001 version
(better planning and more conservation) [#]; and an expose about how
wildfires are bad for fish [#] (and you thought the water kept them safe!).
overlapping picks?
Once again, no overlapping
picks between “the Stranger Suggests” [#] and “SW This Week” [#] Those looking
for consensus to plan their agendas are out of luck. However, if you’re
having trouble deciding which paper’s recommendations are best for you,
remember that the Seattle Weekly recommends
the four-day Folklife Festival. Figure out whether you’re a person who
avoids Seattle Center like the plague on Memorial Day Weekend and do
the math.
(some) weblogs mentioned
Sound Politics
the Stranger Blog
other things noticed
are a lot of really good shows this weekend, although many of them
conflict with Sasquatch (which
might be good news for those of you not making the journey East for the
picturesque and packed-full-of goodness festival); but not Architecture
In Helsinki (the “Australian Belle & Sebastian”), who, contrary to the Stranger’s “Poster of the Week” [#]
are playing on Monday the 30th and not Saturday the 30th. Finally,
skimming the music sections, I’m wondering if Aqua___ is the new ___ Snakes
for band names? Please discuss.

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