A Glance Backward; Editorial Reminiscences

A Glance Backward; Editorial Reminiscences

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...the establishment of the open-door theory of intercommunication in matters commercial and diplomatic. We are making towards a mighty goal indeed, and at a pace that takes the breath away, and almost suggests the need for a speed limit upon life itself, lest the gains made through increased facilities may be sacrificed by the losses imposed through tired nerves and too much life. 6 It is unquestionably true that a sense of humor is important in all avocations, and to that extent it is perhaps a mere recognition of its force to declare that a powerful exhorter, an astute lawyer or a skilled physician must be possessed of it to do the work that is required of him, while preserving that youthfulness in spirit, without which the blood dries up and the energies weaken, and men actually become old from the point of view of further usefulness. In the case of the newspaper worker a sense of humor is an essential instrument of achievement. To see suddenly the humorous, or even ridiculous side of an appeal to his help, or a cunning compliment paid his ability, or, better yet, a gentle conspiracy to catch him in the toils of the other fellow s needs, is, in each case, to esti mate quickly the line of action to take, without in the least detracting from the seriousness of the conference, The average person has an exaggerated impression of a newspaper offlce and of the people who inhabit it. To the one is attributed, perhaps properly enough, a larger power for good and evil; to the other an ability which, except in rare instances, they do not possess, It is this attitude of mind which makes the average visitor to the editorial rooms embarrassed before he has reached the inner sanctum. Conscious of the importance to him of his errand, he reaches with...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236588444
  • 9781236588449