After a five-year run at Xpress that was filled with accomplishments and accolades, Jake Frankel will be leaving soon to accept a position as Executive Editor of The Prem Rawat Foundation, a nonprofit that works to improve lives around the world.
In the Aug. 27 issue, we looked back at Mountain Xpress in the ’90s — the paper’s first years. Who produced it? Why did they do it? What difference did it make? For answers, we turned both to former staffers and to civic activists.
Do you remember Asheville in the the ’90s, when Mountain Xpress was launched 20 years ago this summer? When… There wasn’t a parking problem downtown? Xpress‘ weekly issues were just 24 pages? Area club listings took about one page, compared to four pages nowadays? The only place to get a bite to eat downtown after […]
Walking down Haywood Road (or Biltmore) (or Lexington), you stop by your usual hangout. Nearly everyone there greets you by name, and the tourists in the corner booth ask about your latest jaunt up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your waitress asks, “The usual?” as she sets your favorite Asheville-brewed IPA down on your table. This […]
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In order to create a Big Ideas timeline that represents the diverse history of Asheville, Xpress invites the community to submit the big ideas that they feel have shaped the city and area we live in today.
After five years of arts coverage, editing and leadership, Co-Managing Editor and Arts & Entertainment Editor Rebecca Sulock announced this week that she will be leaving Mountain Xpress.
I am disappointed and a bit puzzled about your recent format/font change for Mountain Xpress. Articles and regular features that used to be typeset in a variety of interesting fonts now have a plain, vanilla uniformity. It’s very homogenized and not very interesting. Your publication that used to be visually engaging is now pretty lifeless. […]
After protesting the policies of North Carolina’s Republican legislators, freelance state government reporter and contributing editor for Xpress Nelda Holder was charged with second-degree trespassing. Consequently, she says she acknowledges the larger implications the arrest has for her as a journalist and her work for the Asheville-based publication.
Every Wednesday, local author Leland Davis delivers the latest Mountain Xpress issues to north Buncombe, Yancey and Madison counties — a run that we dub “route 7.” Here’s a recent scene, captured from the driver’s seat, so to speak.
With six awards, Xpress designers received statewide recognition recently when it came to their creative ad designs. The accolades came from the North Carolina Press Association’s 2012 Best Ad Contest.
Local vegetarian and activist Stewart David responds to the recent news that Jonathan Ammon’s commentary “Foie Gras Ban a Waste of Energy” was one of the most-read stories of 2012 on mountainx.com.
Over the past decade I've seen so many stupid, silly, off-the-wall letters published in Mountain Xpress that I've come to think of Letters as a slight variation of the “News of the Weird” section. But nothing — nothing — has ever come close to the lead-off Oct. 3 letter, “Et Tu, Xpress?” The writer, objecting […]
I have been an ardent admirer of the Mountain Xpress since I moved to Asheville in 1993. I've submitted letters and opinion pieces, which you've graciously published. I read it religiously, as I know many folks do, from end to end: First the letters (OK, I might glance down to check out who the author […]
Thank you, thank you for keeping a frequent visitor of Asheville in the know. I'm not a "tourist." Even though I don't live in Asheville, I visit frequently enough that this feels like my second home. So, the first thing (OK, maybe the second thing, after I get my hands on a chicken sandwich from […]
It continues to bum me out that “News of the Weird” no longer makes your paper. It has always been the first thing I read each week in it. I always felt you could charge a premium for ads on that page because every reader goes to it first. — Chris Manderson Asheville Editor’s Note: […]
What the hell are you doing? I have been a loyal follower of your print paper for about a year and a half. I read it throughout the week during down times, such as dining out. I start with the letters section, slowly pick my way through the articles, all of which I consider the […]
I don't like what you've been doing with “News of the Weird.” Sometimes you don't run it at all. Other times, you cut it down in size. I notice you don't mess with the sensationally superstitious astrology column or “Asheville Disclaimer” which, at its absolute best, barely rises to the level of faintly amusing. It […]
I like to be informed about my community, so I have appreciated being able to hop online at any time to check out mountainx.com, citizen-times.com and the Asheville FM News Hour and Little Shop of Attitude show [“To Air is Human,” April 4 Xpress]. Having said that, now I think its finally time to boycott […]
Buncombe County approved the temporary return of three newspaper boxes to their former home outside the courthouse but is continuing to ban the others removed late last month. The move comes after Mountain Xpress and the Asheville Citizen-Times jointly retained attorney Amanda Martin to write a letter challenging the county’s decision.
Photos by Jerry Nelson, JourneyAmerica.org
The Mountain Xpress Poetry Bash will close out Saturday’s events, with beer, music and a reading from poet Brian Sneeden, winner of the 2011 Mountain Xpress poetry contest.