Floating Off the Page: The Best Stories from The Wall Street Journal's "M (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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On any given day, millions of Wall Street Journal readers put aside the serious business and economic news of the day to focus first on the paper's middle column (a.k.a. the A-hed), a virtual sound-bubble for light literary fare -- a short story, a tall tale, an old yarn, a series of vignettes, and other unexpected delights that seem to "float off the page." In this first-ever compendium of middle-column pieces, you'll find an eclectic selection of writings, from the outlandish to the oddly enlightening. Read about:

• one man's attempt to translate the Bible into Klingon

• sheep orthodontics, pet-freezing, and toad-smoking

• being hip in Cairo, modeling at auto shows, piano-throwing

• the fate of mail destined for the World Trade Center after 9/11

• the plight of oiled otters in Prince William Sound

...and much, much more. Edited by 20-year Journal veteran Ken Wells, and with a foreword by Liar's Poker author Michael Lewis, Floating Off the Page is the perfect elixir for fans of innovative prose in all its forms and function.
  

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User Review  - readingfiend - LibraryThing

I love short stories and essays and I enjoyed these. Interesting stories about people and places around the world that I would never get to read in my local newspaper. Read full review

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User Review  - Kirsti - Goodreads

A collection of the best feature stories from the Wall Street Journal. I especially liked the feature about the Club for One-Pulse Words, in which the reporter used only words of one syllable. And ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER ONE THE WAY WE ARE NOW 1 Phone Hex
7
Nothing Personal We Sue All Our Friends
10
Men Will Be Boys
14
And Some Boys Will Stay That Way
18
Not Your Mothers Cemetery
22
Why the Girl Scouts Sing the Blues
26
Pity the Toad
30
CHAPTER FIVE OBSESSIONS 36 The Longest Replay
149
The Bean of His Existence
153
Y2K Alert But Its 1980
157
Claim That Tune
162
This Cup Must Not Be Runneth Over
167
CHAPTER SIX WHAT WE WROTE HOME ABOUT 41 A Navy and Its Demons and Dragons
171
A Fence Without End
175
The Last Word
179

Ruff Ruff Ruff age Here Rover Have a Nice Bean Sprout
34
Bambi Deconstructed
37
The Deeper Meaning of Mail
42
Luck Among the Ruins
47
CHAPTER TWO STYLE 12 The Art of the Perfectly Awful
53
Roasted Porcupine and Basil With a Hint of Tire Mark
58
Domes of Resistance
61
The Agonies of Miss Ag
64
And the Winner for Placing the Most Bras Is
69
Men in Brown
72
Poetic Justice
76
Hair Wars
78
Rise Up Ye Sleeveless Men
82
Men Are from Hardware Stores Women Are From
86
CHAPTER THREE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW 22 The Fat Man Cometh
91
Prisons Guns and Knickers
97
But Will the Klingons Understand Deuteronomy?
100
The Steak Tender the Soup Positively Rodentine
104
The Sky Sometimes Is Actually Falling
108
The Offal Truth
112
Carrots No Schtick
115
Your Orthodontist and Ewe
119
CHAPTER FOUR MEN AT WORK 30 The Waning Days of Mr Coke
123
Fishing with His Nose
128
Blowing Up on the Job
132
Bear Hunting Is Hard on Wives
136
Charles Atlas Grandpa
140
One Writers Novel Problem
144
Touring Gods Country
183
Smoke Got in Their Eyes
185
Yes We Have No Bananas
188
Of Counterculture Counter Cultures and Pig Rights
193
A Night Among the Snipers
197
Things Are Hopping in New York
201
The Struggles of Otter 76
203
CHAPTER SEVEN PLAYS THE THING 51 Fish Story
211
One Hole Par 70
215
Having a Fling or Two
219
Why Tiger Is Glad Hes Not Japanese
223
Not Your Fathers Buick
226
CHAPTER EIGHT NOTIONS AND CONTROVERSIES 56 Naked Assumptions
231
Little Feats
234
China in Stride
237
No This Isnt How They Invented Chicken Tenders
241
Why the Future Isnt Coming Up Roses
244
CHAPTER NINE SCRIBES DESCRIBING 61 Traveling Cheap but Not Sleazy
249
In Praise of Small Words
254
Zless in Zanzibar
256
Being Hip in Cairo
259
Check Out That New ModelUh I Dont Mean the Car
263
Puzzlements
268
Play It Again Maam
272
Acknowledgments
279
Index of Contributors
281
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About the author (2008)

Michael Lewis is the author of Boomerang, The Big Short, Panic!, Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Home Game, among other works. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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