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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

RIP, the Bold Italic

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 10:59 AM

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If you've ever been a freelancer writer, blogger, illustrator, editor or staffer for a publication that had a large media company as its corporate parent, it's probably happened to you: One day you log on to find that a management team in a faraway city, who don't even know your name, have pulled the plug. Today, it happened to the Bold Italic.

A quirky, hyper-local blog that fearlessly covered feces, Outside Lands fashion faux pas, and the travails of bringing a toddler to a Michelin-starred restaurant, all the while throwing lots of "micro-hood" parties to bring longtime San Franciscans and the hordes of newbies together, TBI will be sorely missed. I wrote about 200 stories for them, everything from lumbersexuals to the Rainbow Girls' shoplifting sprees to the incident with the Dropbox bros in the playground. They had some horrendous trolls in the comments section (don't we all), but it was a uniformly positive experience filling that niche.

I've seldom been so riddled with jealousy at my laptop, reading other people's stories on the site and fuming about why I didn't think of it first.

And the final post is difficult even to look at. It's as though someone was saving a sunset pic of Sutro Tower, which could be ripped from an inspirational calendar, for the explicit purpose of saying goodbye. 
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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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