We're on fumes. Back-to-back Annual Manual and two issues of Best of Boise with a giant block party in between has sucked the life out of us this year. In the editorial department, we're making it on a combination of large doses of caffeine and small doses of sleep. The good news is there's a light at the end of the tunnel. By the end of this week, we'll be sending off the first of two editions of Best of Boise and by this time next week, they'll both be done. You'll have the Staff Picks issue in your hands on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and the Readers' Choice the following week, Wednesday, Sept. 29.
Even better news is that we got a bit of reprieve from putting together the main feature this week. Each year our fellow AAN paper San Francisco Bay Guardian puts together a piece called "Project Censored," which is based on Sonoma State's media research project of the same name that compiles a list of the top stories the public hasn't heard enough about but should have. The list is put together by submission, vetted by students and voted on by a panel of judges. SFBG's version is a sort of annual alt journo bitch slap on the likes of mainstream media. A sort of, "If you were doing your job right, the public would know less about the trajectory of Levi Johnston's career and much, much more about how the United States is not only funding a war on terror but also funding the terrorists we're fighting."
Also in this issue, you'll find an update from film reviewer and News Editor George Prentice, who's been sitting in dark rooms in Toronto, Canada, all week catching the lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival. For daily updates on what's looking hot and what's not for this year's Oscars, check Cobweb.