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The Easter Parade by Richard Yates
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Sep 07, 10

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“Anyone could be a flashy irresponsible reporter…but the man who wrote the headlines… who read through all of the complexities of daily news to pick out salient points and who then summed everything up in a few well chosen words artfully composed to fit a limited space, there was a consummate journalist.”
When Richard Yates wrote the opening lines of Easter Parade, he was describing a young girl’s attempt to inflate her father’s lowly job as copyboy at a reactionary tabloid. Who knew he was also foretelling an age in which the blogosphere and 140 character tweets have sapped our attention away from slow-brewed, investigative copy.
Anyway, this book isn't about journalism, although there are several very sad, half-hearted attempts at article writing, and one very bad end to a character's literary aspirations, nor is it about advertising, although it will appeal to Mad Men fans while it deglamorizes the era. Easter Parade should be required reading for anyone whose been indoctrinated by the positive thinking, self-help movement. Now off to grind my teeth into a smile. urggh...
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