‘Blow me’: A headline straight from the heart

New York Observer editor-in-chief Aaron Gell is asked if there was there any hesitation about using the “Blow Me” headline. No, he says, “it was the only thing we really considered.”

I felt like it channeled a certain sense of defiance that New Yorkers were feeling in that moment. I think that’s occasionally the role of a paper like the Observer—giving voice to a certain cathartic, gut-level response that would seem out of place in the Times or New York or another more established outlet. We’d slept in the office the night before, and we were pretty fried and maybe a bit shaken and worried about our friends and families, so that headline came straight from the heart.

* Q and A with New York Observer’s new editor-in-chief (slanthere.com)
* New York to Sandy: Blow me (observer.com)