Journalism Is a Public Trust, Sort OfI got one extra laugh out of my Phoenix career this morning. I was exchanging e-mails with a co-worker who's roughly my age and who knew I'd been a writer at the paper. When I was, he had been a student at Suffolk University who'd pick up one of the free copies the Phoenix used to distribute on college campuses.
His favorite memory of the Phoenix? The entertainment value he got from reading the classified ads for hookers while he rode the subway home.
Aside from putting food on my table for many years, the best thing about newspaper readers is they are the best cure for the pretentiousness that is far more of a curse for journalists than drink has ever been.