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Poetic Justice June 14, 2009

Posted by Patrick in Misc.


If you’re sick of journalists writing the news, then you should probably move to Israel, where last Wednesday newspaper Haaretz commissioned some of the country’s most loved authors and poets to write the news stories for that day.

The weather report was a sonnet about summer and some news stories were even written in the first person. And why not?

Here’s one example (translated obviously), of author Avri Herling tackling the stock market summary:

“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… Dow Jones traded steadily and closed with 8,761 points, Nasdaq added 0.9% to a level of 1,860 points…. The guy from the shakshuka [an Israeli egg-and-tomato dish] shop raised his prices again….”

I’d love to see an English language newspaper do this, and maybe one of them will pick up on the Israeli experiment and give it a go? Doubtful, but not impossible…

[via Forward]
[Image: evinglenside]


1. Anna - June 15, 2009

Future lesson plan number 2, thanks Patch!

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