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October 22, 2005

Selling Maureen Dowd's writing to a 17-year-old

Stephen Baker

I wish I could link to Maureen Dowd's column about Judy Miller. (Here are some excerpts.)It's an example of sharp writing being wielded as a cutting instrument. The fact that she's eviscerating her colleague makes it all the more noteworthy. She leads with a classic misdirection. "I've always liked Judy Miller." Then she tells why so many others hate her, but notes generously that Miller, for all her faults, added a touch of opera to the operation.

I'm going to show that column to my 17-year-old blogging son when he gets up this morning. (Could be a while.) Learn to write like that, I'll tell him, and you'll find somewhere to roost in this world, no matter who's running the information business.

A half hour later: He's reading it between bites of pancakes. His comment: "Alright." When pressed, he concedes, "The last paragraph is good." He's a tough sell.

For more analysis on Dowd's column, check out Jeff Jarvis.

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Just out of curiosity, why can't you link to the column? is that something haveing to do with the source terms or is it an inter-company issue?

Posted by: Andres B at October 23, 2005 05:55 PM

Andres, the NY Times has put its columnists in a pay-only program. So if I link to the column, most readers won't be able to access it

Posted by: steve baker at October 23, 2005 06:05 PM

Andres B: the column's behind a paywall at the Times, supposedly much to Dowd's displeasure.

Posted by: Wisco at October 23, 2005 07:35 PM

Is this a (thinly) disguised way of saying that you agree with her politically?

Posted by: Ken at October 23, 2005 08:48 PM

Ken, the answer to that is no. But when I cited a columnist as polarizing as Dowd, I was expecting the question to come up.

Posted by: steve baker at October 24, 2005 07:07 AM


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