Another one bites the dust. As much as those of us at The Stranger love the idea of being the final alt (bi) weekly left standing, we are chagrined to report the Village Voice is officially dead.
"Today is kind of a sucky day," Barbey told the staff, according to audio obtained by Gothamist. "Due to, basically, business realities, we're going to stop publishing Village Voice new material [sic]."
Barbey said that half of the staff, which is around 15 to 20 people, will remain on to "wind things down," and work on a project to archive the Voice's material online.
The rest of the staff will be let go today.
"I bought the Village Voice to save it, this isn't exactly how I though it was going to end up. I'm still trying to save the Village Voice," Barbey told the staff.
He also praised them for doing important work: "You had amazing grit, to remain professional in doing what you're doing and hanging in there to the end."
The Voice, which was founded in 1955 and acquired by New Times Media in 2005, won three Pulitzer Prizes and published such notables as Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, Barbara Garson, Katherine Anne Porter, e.e. cummings, James Baldwin, M.S. Cone, Colson Whitehead, Nelson George, Greg Tate, Barry Cooper, Peter Noel, Tom Stoppard, Lorraine Hansberry, Lester Bangs, and Ted Hoagland, as well as cartoonists R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Stan Mack, Mark Alan Stamaty, Ted Rall, Tom Tomorrow, Ward Sutton, Ruben Bolling and M. Wartella. It will join former alt weeklies the Baltimore City Paper, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Knoxville Mercury, and countless others in the grave.