First, thank you to those Idaho Arts Quarterly supporters who, since last week's announcement, have conveyed their disappointment over the journal's demise. It's good to know so many people thought we were doing something valuable with IAQ.
Unfortunately, not everyone thought we were doing something valuable or putting forward our best arts-supporting foot with last week's Sarah Palin cover. We've fielded complaints and compliments on everything from the religious symbolism to the artistic quality. Perhaps coincidentally--perhaps not--last week a few red BW boxes also sustained serious injuries requiring a patch up by the BW distribution trauma team. Whether those blows were dealt on behalf of Palin's image or simply because we're part of that damn liberal media so despised by brutes who like to prove their point with a swift kick to an inanimate object's plexiglass ... who knows. But as for cover artist Peter Barnes' Mother Palin, I'd urge you to remember back to a cover in November 2008 featuring "Barack OBoner." Yes, some of you just physically winced at that memory, didn't you? Well, if nothing else, Art Director Leila Rader, who chooses each week's covers, achieves a decent rate of balance in selecting covers that please and offend.
Last, have a look at this week's staff box. We've added a new name to the editorial lineup and those of you who pay attention to the names writing your news each week may recognize the addition. With this issue, we welcome Zach Hagadone to Boise Weekly. Hagadone, who jokes that he's worked for almost every print outlet in town, most recently worked at Idaho Business Review. He'll be lending us a hand with news coverage and the occasional A&E story, but the bulk of his time will be spent as Boise Weekly's business editor. Now that I've perked a few ears with that title, I'll let it stew for a couple of weeks until we're ready to officially break the news.