We were psyched! We don't really consider City Folk stories "columns," since they're reported profiles and they're not written by any single author, but why quibble? (Well, before we quit quibbling: There shouldn't be a comma after "column" in the first sentence—it's okay, Bmag, we make typos like that all the time, we just wanted to point it out before our readers blame
this time.) But, yeah, why quibble? We were genuinely honored that our local glossy was willing to put any past
's Van Smith: "Beyond the salaciousness, the scandal highlighted the control of the prison by the Black Guerrilla Family, whose handiwork in Baltimore has been well chronicled by the
's Van Smith." And so, it was with a general feeling of harmony and good will that we began to flip through the pages of the magazine. But then we found something to genuinely quibble with. On page 202, the "News" section opens with the byline "By Ron Cassie with Andrew Zaleski." We know and like both of these guys: Cassie is an erstwhile
, the writer of our Blue Notes music column, among other things. But among the items is one for best "Geek Speak," awarded to
, a website Zaleski writes most, if not all, of the content for. It was published with no disclosure. Reading the entry, just inches from the byline, one can't help but wonder if Zaleski wrote the entry praising the website he essentially runs. And there can be little doubt he runs it: Zaleski is described as "
" page, he is the only person listed as being affiliated with the Baltimore site. I contacted Cassie (disclosure: I used to work at Bmag and worked with him), and he gave an answer roughly along the lines of what we expected: It was an oversight. "
piece. We should've mentioned he serves as the site's staff reporter, but wasn't involved in the selection." So, there we have it, an oversight, for which, in the name of good will and harmony, we can move beyond. Thanks again, Bmag!