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Floating Off the Page: The Best Stories from the Wall Street Journal's Middle Column (Wall Street Journal Book)

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Publisher Comments:

"What, you may ask, are feuding nudists, dueling translators of the Bible into Klingon, and the makers of high-quality prison underwear doing on the front page of The Wall Street Journal?" Veteran Journal reporter and Page One editor Ken Wells provides the answer in this collection of the most entertaining and memorable pieces from the renowned "middle column" of the Journal.

On any given day, millions of Journal readers put aside the serious business and economic stories of the day to focus first on the paper's middle column — the "A-hed" in Journal parlance. There, they find these stories and more, pieces that cover unexpected, odd and amusing topics that readers unfamiliar with the Journal wouldn't expect to find in so august a publication, stories crafted with wit, whimsy and wry understatement that are the hallmarks of the Journal's best writing. Here are just a few:

  • How to throw your grand piano 125 yards

  • Is golf played up the side of a bear-infested mountain in blizzard conditions still really golf?

  • Why more people than you might imagine get a kick out of smoking toads

  • How we found the biblical Garden of Eden, just past the orange juice factory

  • The very latest developments in sheep orthodontia

The bit of high-profile real estate that the middle column occupies once held a tip sheet on the stock market, until legendary managing editor Barney Kilgore decided to introduce a tonic or a diversion — a story so light that it has been said to "float off the page." Ever since, the middle column has been a daily haven for harried business readers.

With selections chosen by Ken Wells, one of the Journal's most accomplished writers and feature editors, the book is the perfect elixir for The Wall Street Journal's millions of regular readers, and for all admirers of innovative prose.

Synopsis:

Veteran "Wall Street Journal" reporter and Page One editor Ken Wells presents the most entertaining and memorable pieces from the paper's renowned "middle column, " an icon of American feature writing for the past 60 years. Line drawings.

About the Author

Ken Wells is a 20-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal, having served stints as a reporter in the paper's San Francisco and London bureaus, and as an editor on the Page One staff in New York. He has written and polished numerous A-heds and is the author of two novels, Meely LaBauve and Junior's Leg. When he isn't busy with journalism or pecking away at his novels, he plunks around on his blues-and-jazz guitar and often wishes he were fishing. He lives with his family in the greater New York area.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword
Introduction

CHAPTER ONE
THE WAY WE ARE NOW
  1. Phone Hex
  2. "Nothing Personal. We Sue All Our Friends."
  3. Men Will Be Boys...
  4. ...And Some Boys Will Stay That Way
  5. Not Your Mother's Cemetery
  6. Why the Girl Scouts Sing the Blues
  7. Pity the Toad
  8. Ruff! Ruff! Ruffage! Here, Rover, Have a Nice Bean Sprout!
  9. Bambi Deconstructed
  10. The Deeper Meaning of Mail
  11. Luck Among the Ruins

CHAPTER TWO
STYLE
  1. The Art of the Perfectly Awful
  2. Roasted Porcupine and Basil, With a Hint of Tire Mark
  3. Domes of Resistance
  4. The Agonies of Miss Ag
  5. And the Winner for Placing the Most Bras Is...
  6. Men in Brown
  7. Poetic Justice
  8. Hair Wars
  9. Rise Up, Ye Sleeveless Men!
  10. Men Are from Hardware Stores, Women Are From...

CHAPTER THREE
THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW
  1. The Fat Man Cometh
  2. Prisons, Guns and Knickers
  3. But Will the Klingons Understand Deuteronomy?
  4. The Steak Tender, the Soup Positively Rodentine
  5. The Sky, Sometimes, Is Actually Falling
  6. The Offal Truth
  7. Carrots, No Schtick
  8. Your Orthodontist and Ewe

CHAPTER FOUR
MEN AT WORK
  1. The Waning Days of Mr. Coke
  2. Fishing with His Nose
  3. Blowing Up on the Job
  4. "Bear Hunting Is Hard on Wives"
  5. Charles Atlas, Grandpa
  6. One Writer's Novel Problem

CHAPTER FIVE
OBSESSIONS
  1. The Longest Replay
  2. The Bean of His Existence
  3. Y2K Alert! (But It's )
  4. Claim That Tune!
  5. This Cup Must Not Be Runneth Over

CHAPTER SIX
WHAT WE WROTE HOME ABOUT
  1. A Navy and Its Demons (and Dragons)
  2. A Fence Without End
  3. The Last Word
  4. Touring God's Country
  5. Smoke Got in Their Eyes
  6. Yes, We Have No Bananas
  7. Of Counterculture, Counter Cultures and Pig Rights
  8. A Night Among the Snipers
  9. Things Are Hopping in New York
  10. The Struggles of Otter

CHAPTER SEVEN
PLAY'S THE THING
  1. Fish Story
  2. Golfing in the Spring: One Hole, Par
  3. Having a Fling or Two
  4. Why Tiger Is Glad He's Not Japanese
  5. Not Your Father's Buick

CHAPTER EIGHT
NOTIONS AND CONTROVERSIES
  1. Naked Assumptions
  2. Little Feats
  3. China, in Stride
  4. No, This Isn't How They Invented Chicken Tenders
  5. Why the Future Isn't Coming Up Roses

CHAPTER NINE
SCRIBES, DESCRIBING
  1. Traveling Cheap, but Not Sleazy
  2. In Praise of Small Words
  3. Z-less in Zanzibar
  4. Being Hip in Cairo
  5. Check Out That New Model — Uh, I Don't Mean the Car
  6. Puzzlements
  7. Play It Again, Ma'am

Acknowledgments


Product Details

ISBN:
9780743226639
Subtitle:
"
Editor:
Wells, Ken
Foreword:
Lewis, Michael
Editor:
Wells, Ken
Author:
Lewis, Michael
Author:
Wells, Ken
Foreword:
Lewis, Michael
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Mass Media - Newspapers
Subject:
Newspapers
Subject:
Wall Street journal
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Copyright:
Series:
Wall Street Journal Book
Series Volume:
107-261
Publication Date:
20020507
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.96x5.94x1.01 in. .96 lbs.

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