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Best Columnist Ever...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by jgmacg, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Non-sports division. Yesterday's homage to Royko, including DyeP's dissent, and Mr. Kindred's mention of Murray Kempton, got me thinking. Name your current must-reads, your lifetime favorites, or simply those of historical importance; local or national, funny or un-, virtual or actual, past or present.




    Breslin (or do the piped quotes disqualify him?)




    Have at it.
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.


    That's not a vote. Just a correction on the spelling. One of my things.
  3. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    Thanks, Moddy. Duly noted and corrected.
  4. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    Mr macg,

    I know how you feel about Kempton -- I have his collections but, alas, he doesn't hit me like Royko does.

    I'm losing my Dowd thing and I'm not reading Frank Rich with the same enthusiasm as previously.

    I'm a slave to convention, I guess. I'll go: Royko, Red Smith for the elegiac stuff, maybe Jimmy Cannon at peak, early Breslin (JFK in Dallas).

    YHS, etc
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    Royko's the Taj Mahal.

    Not many guys of the last century could make me laugh out loud as frequently vis-a-vis their column output as Lardner could.
    His drollery is out of style, now. Too bad.

    Lardner is among my five alltime lifestyle role models. Twain is, too. Royko is not, for personality reasons.

    I hate Dave Barry with an enduring passion.

    Nick Kristof worked FOR Dan Quayle, which largely disqualifies him from life.
  6. Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    Walter Lippman and Dorothy Thompson have to be in the conversation here.
    Lars-Erik Nelson, too.
  7. Janie_Jones

    Janie_Jones Member

    Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    Certainly not best ever, but at least worth a shout-out: Myles na gCopaleen/Flann O'Brien/Brian O'Nolan.
  8. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    Didn't y'all do this just a few weeks ago?
  9. ink-stained wretch

    ink-stained wretch Active Member

    Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    1A Twain
    1B Royko
    1C Buchwald

    That's a pretty good entry.
  10. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    I'll take Art Buchwald and I second the loathing of Dave Barry's work. Blech.
  11. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    Perhaps this is the best way to express my thoughts on this topic.
    In my book collection, I have compendiums of columns by the following writers.
    Russell Baker
    Al Cartwright (Wilmington's local icon when I was a kid. Damn good writer in the kind of role chains have erased).
    Kempton (although essays would be a better term for these works
    A.J. Leibling's press criticism
    Dave Barry. Not a hater, sorry
    Those are the general columnists. Sports of course I have many more collections, that's a different topic.
  12. Re: Best. Columnist. Ever.

    Janie --
    You're on the Christmas card list for this one.
    Myles -- the only name he wrote the columns under -- stands alone. Nobody remotely like him on either side of the pond. In that spirit, though, may I add Finley Peter Dunne and "Mr. Dooley."
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