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Floating Off the Page: The Best Stories from The Wall Street Journal's "Middle Column" (Wall Street Journal Book) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 7. Mai 2002

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"Editor and Publisher Magazine" ""The Wall Street Journal" doesn't usually seem synonymous with humor" but this book "proves it too has a funny bone."


The Wall Street Journal reporter shares his best columns from six decades of writing in the paper's famous "middle column," covering such topics as animal lovers who freeze-dry their pets and efforts to translate the Bible into Klingon.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Gift from The Wall Street Journal - That's My Tip 12. Juni 2002
Von dennis wentraub - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
The middle column on The Wall Street Journal's front page has always been a refreshing break from the general seriousness and deluge of information throughout the paper. As such it has always been a respository of wit, quirky facts, humanity, and general eccentricity. As an adjunct instructor for Investments at a local college, I like to refer to the existence of the column to alter preconceptions about this otherwise serious newspaper. On occasion I have cut out the stories to leave on our kitchen table for family members. So, a collection of these
wonderful stories is very welcome. I immediately think of the loopy Brit who has constructed a medieval "siege engine" for lobbing dead horses (it was medieval thing) or soon-to-be-dead pianos a hundred yards down range. Many of us can relate to the social perils of inadvertently making a cell phone call by hitting a re-dial button and having our conversations unknowingly monitored. And I fret for the fellow who protects the Stanley Cup as it makes its appointed party rounds among ice hockey's winning athletes. A very different tone is struck in the "struggles of [sea] otter 76" to survive the toxic effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. It is a moving story that sticks to the reader's mind like petroleum goo. A vignette about Serbian snipers is both disturbing and memorable in its grimy banality. I do miss in this collection the oddity of a giant blue anatomically proportioned bug crouching on the roof of a Providence, RI exterminator. I also miss the WSJ's distinctive pixel illustrations of the people and things that are the subject of these columns. Their absence is an unfortunate editorial lapse since so many of the stories are memorable human interest sketches of ordinary people in unusual roles. But readers should not be too disappointed. This is a worthy, reasonably priced gift book and recommended vacation read!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Beans and dingoes 7. Juli 2002
Von Suyong Min - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's always been my favorite column in the paper every morning. Snippets about the Sapinta, Romania town with their last tart words ("I was a mechanic. I always worked hard. As long as I lived, I hated the Communists. And I loved the schnpps. Drink one for me."), the wild wallabies in NY ("and they probably were seen by several natives who figured it would be best just to keep quiet - and quit drinking"), the Alaskan otters, and the mailrooms of WTC come to mind. I can't wait for another volume. A story that I particularly enjoyed was too recent to be included in this volume - the one about a reporter with a cubicle in the Pentagon who was last published before I was born. The first reviewer here who gave a low rating based on "dryness" because of the story's "informational" focus rather missed the point didn't she? Sheesh. If you appreciate your daily dose of life's interesting nooks and crannies, you'll enjoy this volume.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The "A- Head" Is Classic 1. November 2002
Von Jeremy S. Burnich - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As an avid reader of the Wall Street Journal (can someone be an avid reader of a business newspaper) I always look forward to the funny middle section with my cup of coffee.
Sometimes hysterical, other times sweet, and always fashioned prose, this collection captures some of the small bits of gold that sprinkle this paper everyday.
This is a good book for a plane, bathroom, traffic jam, or for a laugh before bed. Each story is short and sweet as of course is the writing itself. A gem to be picked, twirled around, and enjoyed, each stroy is a unique facet.
When finished, pick up the Journal, at least for the whymsical middle section.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fabulous (but at least one urban legend?) 22. August 2002
Von J. T. Anderson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this so much that I got a copy for somebody else, who pointed out that chapter 25 ("The Steak Tender, the Soup Positively Rodentine") is apparently cited as an urban legend. That left me wondering how many of these columns are "real" and how many are just cleverly woven yarns. But real or not, it's a terrific read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Middle, but Not Mediocre 8. Juni 2002
Von A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Like many readers checking out this book, I've read the "middle column" for years. I'm bemused to learn everyone else calls it the same thing. What else could it be called? "That funky human interest article in the WSJ that has no direct relationship to anything else in the paper"? Maybe, but that would take too long to say.
"Floating off the Page: The Best Stories from The Wall Street Journal's "Middle Column"" covers all those stories you missed. On one hand, it is just a collection of articles from a well-read newspaper column. On the other, it is a peek into the unusual world we live in. As bizarre as some of these stories are, as much as you'll look and tell the other person with you, "listen to this, there's this guy in New York who...", these are real life.
It isn't all humor, but you'll find many a chuckle in the book. You'll wonder where and how they found these people, but you'll be drawn into every page. The middle column isn't one of those selection of odd newswire stories, but a fully-researched look into one story, and all its oddities. They are written with as much erudite literary prowess as the rest of the WSJ, but without the MBA-level knowledge required.
Coffeehouses should stock this one, as well as waiting rooms at dentists' office everywhere.
I fully recommend "Floating off the Page: The Best Stories from The Wall Street Journal's "Middle Column""
Anthony Trendl
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