Friday, September 25, 2009

"literary journalism" redefined

What happens when prominent authors and poets replace staff reporters at a renowned newspaper? At Israel's oldest Hebrew daily, Haaretz, it meant the weather report emerged as a sonnet, and the stock market report, covered by children's book author Avri Herling, played out this way:

“Everything’s okay. Everything’s like usual. Yesterday trading ended. Everything’s okay. The economists went to their homes, the laundry is drying on the lines, dinners are waiting in place… "

Read more about the switcheroo Haaretz pulled off in June 2009 here and here.

This might be my favorite literary experiment of all time.

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