|"never got rich but we are going to heaven"|
Clif Garboden (1948-2011), Sr. Managing Editor, the Boston Phoenix
Camille Dodero at Gawker remembers Clif Garboden and the Boston Phoenix, theAlternative Newsweekly.
To Clif, the collection of people around him, for all their faults and foibles, was something very special. They could see the hypocrisies in the world and felt an existential obligation to do something about them—and more than that, to nurture and to recruit people who could do the same, his kind of people.By that, he meant a few things: Smart People Who Gave a Fuck, People With a Work Ethic, People With Talent, but also, in some cases, People From Blue-Collar/Low Income Families. People like Clif himself, a kid from the bad neighborhood in Pittsburgh, who once likened his socio-economic escape to sneaking across the tracks and under barbed wire. People like Chris, a brilliantly witty British writer who’d spent years working as a mover and started his entry-level writing job answering phones as an editorial assistant at the age of 32. People who otherwise would’ve ended up restaurant staff or retail employees or other assorted cogs because they didn’t have parents who could help with the rent while they struggled to become writers. People like me.
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