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Soderberg: 14 digressions about the Baltimore City Paper, which is dead now

Soderberg: 14 digressions about the Baltimore City Paper, which is dead now

1. The Punishment Begins

Tom Breihan and Ray Cummings, two former Baltimore City Paper interns and big deal music writers who liked my amateur music blog, got me a meeting about possibly freelancing for City Paper with Bret McCabe, then the arts editor of the paper, back in 2007. Bret dropped a whole bunch of gems, told me what was good about my writing, gently told me what sucked, and gave me one of those pieces of advice that I now tell everyone—basically, a review is not solely a recommendation; the piece should be interesting to read on its own whether it’s positive or negative. My first gig: a review of UGK’s “Underground Kingz” and Common’s “Finding Forever,” which framed...

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