Friday, March 11, 2005

Must read article

This Atlantic Monthly article is a must read. It is about political talk radio, but I don't recommend it because of the subject. Rather, the writing is stellar, the wit amazing (I burst into laughter three or four times), and the layout is incredibly original (possibly revolutionary?).

The layout of the article is reminiscent of a web page layout, not entirely in appearance, but in effect. Certain words are highlighted and these highlighted words have a corresponding side-box with extra info about the highlighted words, editorial asides, or random information. In effect, these are much like the print version of hyperlinks. They allow for the insertion of opinion, but insertion in such a way that the reader recognizes it as such. They also allow for tangential musings and interesting info that might have been left out otherwise. It's like the text is almost interactive. Or maybe a more apt description would be "3D." Either way, I hope to see this style used more often.

The author, David Foster Wallace, weaves together a riveting narrative. His eye for minute details and ability to capture the essence of people is amazing. If you consider yourself a connoisseur of the art of journalism, or if you just love great writing, read this article.


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