When NYC had a Paper
The woman on the cover shot of Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard's quintesential New Wave film about gangsters, is wearing a yellow shirt with the newspaper masthead of the New York Herald Tribune. I was planning on watching the film anyway, but that would have been enough.
The Herald Tribune was, of course, the paper that spawned the experimental work of Tom Wolfe and others in New Journalism and the like under the editorship of Jim Bellow. I was reminded of talking about that great paper and the work started there with Henry Allen, long-time journalist and columnist for the Wash. Post, at the D.C. Poynter conference and his passionate declarations that we should simply write stories that people wanted to read. When I brought up that great paper I called it the Tribune Herald, so when he autographed his book to me he left the words:
"Work hard, get to heaven and remember it's the Herald Tribune."