Coming off Jamieson’s big win yesterday, City Paper Editor Erik Wemple is in Philadelphia (ohhhh, that’s why there were, like, two blog posts all day yesterday), talking about the grim state of the alt-weekly industry with representatives of whatever alt-weeklies can still afford to send people to conventions. Philadelphia Weekly‘s Tim Whitaker writes an editor’s note about the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies convention today, quoting Wemple, the Chicago Reader‘s Alison True, and the Voice‘s Tony Ortega. All had trenchant, depressing things to say. But then there was this, the best quote in the piece:

“It helps that we’re in the same city as The Baltimore Sun,” says Lee Gardner, editor of Baltimore City Paper. “When we get down, we look at those miserable poor bastards.”