Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Some Things We Couldn't Help Noticing

Sinking to Where She Belongs. The egregious Judith Miller, who helped get the U.S. into its worst foreign fiasco in at least a century by serving as a credulous stenographer for the Bush Administration while supposedly reporting for the New York Times, keeps sinking ever lower on the journalism food chain. Now she's in the pages of Reader's Digest. It doesn't get much lower than that, folks. The old joke in the magazine industry is that RD's circulation would be only half as large as it is but for the fact that millions of widowed spouses never quite get around to cancelling their late partners' subscriptions.

College Prowler's On the Prowl at CIM. A couple of years ago, I wrote briefly about an interesting book publisher that packages and sells college guides, but with a twist: they're written by current students of the institution. According to this ad on Craigslist, now that company, College Prowler, is on the prowl for a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music to write one about CIM. There's only one problem: the gig pays a cool...$100. Yes, $100 to write an entire book. And if you believe it'll only take 50 hours, as the ad indicates, then you're probably still waiting for the tooth fairy to show up in person. Anyway, I'd say that belongs in the chutzpah file.

The PD has a new Real Estate Blog. Haven't sampled this yet, but I plan to. If you have any early opinions about it, do please let us know.

Best Headline of the Week. The Jerusalem Post adorns a story about Obama with the headline"Oy-bama!" Meanwhile, far less funny is the fact that the paper reserves an entire section for what it calls "The Iranian Threat." Perhaps it's secretly edited by American neoconservatives who have been trying their level best to pick a fight with Iran.

Finally, on a Lighter Note...We bring you news of this sublimely inspired subject for a summer college seminar: the intersection of fly fishing and literature. Take a bow, CWRU. You too, Orvis.


At 10:20 PM, Blogger Bob Mc said...

John, when you mentioned the Judith Miller/Reader's Digest blurb, I half-expected the link to be one of those corny jokes that permeate in that publication.

Anyway, you're dead-on about the Craigslist ad, though I've seen worse...

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

I must admit, John, I did use to read "Humor in Uniform" occasionally -- only in waiting rooms, though.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

No, Mike, you're quite right. We've all checked it out for various reasons in various places over the years. You're the second reader to (too gently) rap me on the knuckles for being a snob about Reader's Digest. Mea culpa. I've decided to levy some community service on myself as a form of penance. Any ideas on what form it should take, anyone? Picking up trash along the highway on a blazing hot summer afternoon? Planting trees in a park? Perhaps delivering Meals on Wheels for a week?

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

Oh, I wasn't trying to call you out, John. I stopped reading the magazine because it was giving me reader's indigestion.

At 8:23 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Me too, Mike. The Italians would call it "agita."


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