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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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"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:
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.
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
THE WAY WE ARE NOW
THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW
MEN AT WORK
WHAT WE WROTE HOME ABOUT
PLAY'S THE THING
NOTIONS AND CONTROVERSIES
What Our Readers Are Saying