The best (and the rest) in Xpress

In our annual “Best of WNC” survey, readers told us their most- and least-favorite Mountain Xpress features, among picks in scores of other categories.

The winners, for “favorite feature in Xpress”:

1) [tie] News of the Weird
1) [tie] Asheville Disclaimer

2) Cranky Hanke (movie reviews)

3) [tie] Letters to the Editor
3) [tie] Community Calendar

The winners, for “least-favorite feature in Xpress”:

1) [tie] Asheville Disclaimer
1) [tie] Top Drawer (fashion feature)

2) [tie] Personals
2) [tie] The Straight Dish (food section)

3) Cranky Hanke (movie reviews)

You’ll notice that there are come curious contradictions here — or at least evidence suggesting a love/hate relationship with some features. For example, the Asheville Disclaimer tied for first place in both the most- and least-favorite categories.

Do you agree with the voting results above, or not? And either way, why? What exactly do you like or dislike about the features that are both loved and loathed? We’d really like to know.

— Jon Elliston, managing editor

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About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

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2 thoughts on “The best (and the rest) in Xpress

  1. Jon,
    I noticed this contradiction as well. I think any feature includes strong opinions (Hanke) and/or is satirical (Disclaimer) will inspire both love and loathing.

    I do agree that Top Drawer is a waste of space. Alli’s an excellent writer/reporter, but we don’t live in NYC, and the edgiest fashion in town is body art, as far as I can tell. Plus, if you’re going to cover fashion, you need big, glossy, gorgeous photography to go with it.

    Also, do you, at any point, release numbers of votes? I think readers would be interested in how many folks actually voted.

  2. Daniel Wheeler

    Regardless of my opinion of it, the fact that the Disclaimer won both best and worst feature means that they are doing their jobs correctly. Keep up the good satire, fools.

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