Oh, That Gray Lady

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11/12/2008 3:15 PM |

Slate’s Jessica Winter has an amusing little piece up about the art of Times headline writing. She must have had fun playing in the newspaper’s online archive: “Your mission is to distill a piece to its essence in a few words
without sacrificing nuance, and usually, you are more than up to the
task. Once in a while, though, you respond to the challenge not with
straight-up-the-middle declaratives but with enigmatic paradox and
riddle-me-this contradiction,” she writes, then offers up examples of Gray Lady headlines from the past three months that basically make the NOT! joke. So serious!

It’s almost as bad as those insufferable fancyshorts at work stories.