Hey Durango!

by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

Hi, DGO readers! I’m the new DGO staff writer. Yes, my name is very long (my mom thought it was sexist to only give me my dad’s last name, so I’ve been saddled with both).

I was born and raised in Albany, New York, where it snows a lot – but Durango has been giving New York a run for its money. I lived in New York City for several recent years (it’s crowded, loud and expensive – wouldn’t recommend it) but always planned on making an eventual escape to the West.

I spent a lot of time looking at pictures of mountains on those “Earth Porn” websites, and even visited Telluride (working at the Telluride Film Festival, one of the best experiences for a movie lover). I passed through Durango briefly on my way to the airport, and it made a good impression. I have a bachelor’s degree in film history from Bard College, and a master’s in arts journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

I’ve been a longtime contributing arts writer for both IndieWire and Bomb Magazine, where I got to interview some of my favorite filmmakers (like Werner Herzog) and actors (like Winona Ryder – and no, she didn’t steal anything of mine).

I’m excited to be living and working in Durango because of the lack of corporate formal wear, the glut of gorgeous scenery and the opportunity to assist with a pioneering publication like DGO under the zealous leadership of David Holub.

In these sensitive, politically correct times, filled with trigger warnings and outraged Internet commenters, it’s refreshing to find a weekly as unapologetic and irreverent as DGO. The arts and leisure activities are the soul of any city (they might not keep you alive, but they make staying alive worth it), and in a tight-knit community like Durango, it’s essential for publications to support and promote them.

I’d love to get the younger Durango demographic interested in entertainment facets they might not have previously appreciated; like classical music, landscape photography or even just reading stuff in print instead of on a computer screen. People say print journalism is a dying beast, but there are numerous benefits to glean from tangible paper perusal. And DGO is still in its blissful infancy. So you should check it out; I hope you enjoy our work!

— Anya Jaremko-Greenwold


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