David Simon

Conflicts of Interest: The white pages

Conflicts of Interest: The white pages

I've rarely left Baltimore over the past five years—until last month, when I was here for only a couple of days. I missed the city deeply but the absence helped me see certain things, particularly things about myself, the city, and this paper, more clearly.

The last leg of my travel was to Salt Lake City for the annual meeting of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (formerly Newsweeklies). This column won AAN's award for Best Column (I emceed the ceremony, wearing the pictured nametag) and I was grateful to be recognized against so many other great writers and great people. I grew up on alt-weeklies and feel at home with them and the people who make them....