Sunday, April 18, 2010

Great story, great woman.

This story by Philadelphia Inquirer feature writer Jennifer Lin is as solid and well-written a newspaper as I've read in a long, long time.

It begins with a wonderful anecdote that captures the essence of its subject and closes with final paragraph which encapsulates the essence of the story.And it is can't-stop-reading perfect throughout.

If the Catholic Church is still extant 25 years or so from now and there isn't a Saint Mary Scullion on the rolls, somebody will have screwed up badly.

Today's Inquirer also contains a great story about Mark Twain's tenure as a typesetter for the paper back in 1853-54, written by John Timpane.

Both stories are on the front page and serve as bittersweet reminders of what newspapers used to be and could be and probably never will be again.

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