Press: Notes from the Underground

Alternative papers grow up

The "Food & Drink" supplement ran to 48 glossy pages, bubbling with four-color national liquor ads and articles on such pressing concerns as "Fighting the Gourmet Blues" and "A Consumer Guide to Cognac." An insert in the Sunday New York Times? A section in Gourmet magazine? No, just a little light reading from that old, radical, worker-owned collective in Boston, the Real Paper.

The Real Paper is no longer radical and no longer collective, and neither are most of the nation's other so-called alternative, or underground, newspapers. Ten years after...

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