Daily Archives: 14 April 2007

The only Marxism that will survive is Groucho’s

It’s one thing for mediapersons to have reservations in private about a subject or issue they are covering, and quite another for them to let it show in public. But that’s what the National Union of Journalists has done in Britain. NUJ members have voted to boycott Israeli goods because of the “savage, pre-planned attack…

The snarf who got to the bottom of it all: RIP

[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/2252432/view] Many journalists and writers have made their signature line or phrase all their own. Harold Ross would often insert “So, help me God” in much of his correspondence. A.F.S. Talyerkhan would end his columns with the line, ‘Get me, Steve?” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, the American author who died on Wednesday, made the phrase “So…

The longest byline in journalism today…

The Kannada humourist YNK (Y.N. Krishnamurthy) used to say that the poet Kuvempu hadn’t named his son Poornachandra Tejaswi—he had “sentenced” him. And in every newspaper and magazine office, there are snide ones about having to continue some bylines on page 16 or having to bastardise the column width to fit a byline because of…