Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Newspaper

Makes Great Kindling

“A 19th century Irish immigrant named O’Reilly called the newspaper ‘a biography of something greater than a man. It is the biography of a DAY. It is a photograph, of twenty four hours’ length, of the mysterious river of time that is sweeping past us forever. And yet we take our year’s newspapers—which contain more tales of sorrow and suffering, and joy and success, and ambition and defeat, and villainy and virtue, than the greatest book ever written—and we use them to light the fire.’”
—Adair Lara, columnist, The San Francisco Chronicle, December 30, 1999

Editorial Comment: Speaking of kindling, see Yi Le and Billy Joel’s account of journalism’s fire.

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1 comment:

  1. It's a characteristic of the old newspaper that no online news can match.