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Friday, October 6, 2006
Boston Herald Tribune?
I had the pleasure and honor, last night, of sitting at the bar at Doyle's (in Jamaica Plain) between two of my favorite Boston journalists: Walter V. Robinson, Pulitzer-winning reporter and head of the Globe's Spotlight Team, and (wait for it) Joe Keohane, editor of the Globe-trashing alt-newsweekly Boston's Weekly Dig.
I was pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Robbie to Joe, because one of the only things that the Dig actually likes about the Globe is... the work of Walter V. Robinson. (Make that liked: Robbie left the paper this past Friday for a professorship at Northeastern.) Later in the evening, after a few beers, I suggested to Joe that he launch a New York Herald-Tribune-style paper in Boston -- meaning a newspaperman's newspaper -- and hire us to work for him. Robbie made a crack that I won't repeat here... but I wasn't kidding!
(I know, this is supposed to be an ideas blog, so here's a list of some of the writers and thinkers who wrote for the Herald Tribune, from John Ashbery to Walter Lippmann to Charles Portis to Wallace Stevens.)