The Key to Getting an Alt-Weekly Writing Gig: Name-Drop 'Sassy'

april 27, 2007  03:23 pm
That's what we gleaned from an excerpt of Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer's new book, How Sassy Changed My Life. The book argues that the popular girls' magazine, "was less a teenage moment than an early feminist movement," according to NPR. In one excerpt, former Portland Mercury arts editor Julianne Shepherd recalls that "in the interview (for the job at the Mercury), I noted Sassy as a major influence on my inchoate writing voice," and Tim Keck, president of the parent company that owns the Mercury, "was essentially like, 'Right on! You're hired!'"