Zay Smith's QT, the latest and most wry commentary on current events, now is appearing in The Week on line. Here is today's debut post. Read it regularly and you will come to understand why Zay Smith is Chicago's best writer and humorist.
Zay Smith first wrote his hugely popular Quick Takes column for the Chicago Sun-
Times and now he has landed at the up-and-coming news weekly, The Week. In my opinion, The Week has filled the void left when Newsweek and Time departed the straight the news business and became commentators and propagandists. It just gives the readers the news; no BS.
Zay Smith is an experienced newsman who, among his many achievements, wrote the Chicago Sun-Times award-winning The Mirage Series along with Pam Zekman. The series, which also was highlighted on CBS' 60 Minutes, was about a Chicago bar (the Mirage Tavern) that the Sun-Times had purchased and how corrupt city inspectors demanded payoffs for it to start and/or continue business. (Zay worked at the saloon as the undercover bartender, and I'm told that he still can mix a pretty good zombi. You can read the entire series here.)
For liberals who don't like my Chicago Tribune or ChicagoNow blog because of my conservative slant, you should know that Smith's QT does not echo my viewpoint. I would describe him as left-of-center, but one who is not hesitant to give the business to anyone on either end of the political spectrum who does something, well, stupid.
And while you're reading him on-line, I suggest that you subscribe (free for four weeks, a deal for an extended subscription) to The Week, as I did. The new business will impress his bosses and help assure that Zay Smith's unique voice continues to be heard.
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