- Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Free Press (7. Mai 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0743226631
- ISBN-13: 978-0743226639
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,6 x 2,5 x 22 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.251.121 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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!
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.
"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""