Floating Off the Page

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Floating Off the Page

The Best Stories from the Wall Street Journal's Middle Column

By Michael Lewis; Ken Wells (Editor); Michael Lewis (Foreword by)

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743226646, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2003

Description
On any given day, millions of "Wall Street Journal" readers put aside the serious business and economic news of the day to focus first on the paper's middle column (a.k.a. the A-hed), a virtual sound-bubble for light literary fare -- a short story, a tall tale, an old yarn, a series of vignettes, and other unexpected delights that seem to "float off the page." In this first-ever compendium of middle-column pieces, you'll find an eclectic selection of writings, from the outlandish to the oddly enlightening. Read about:
one man's attempt to translate the Bible into Klingon
sheep orthodontics, pet-freezing, and toad-smoking
being hip in Cairo, modeling at auto shows, piano-throwing
the fate of mail destined for the World Trade Center after 9/11
the plight of oiled otters in Prince William Sound
...and much, much more. Edited by 20-year "Journal" veteran Ken Wells, and with a foreword by "Liar's Poker" author Michael Lewis, "Floating Off the Page" is the perfect elixir for fans of innovative prose in all its forms and function.


About the Author
Michael Lewis grew up in New Orleans and has degrees from Princeton and the London School of Economics. Formerly a bond salesman with Salomon Brothers, he is the author of the runaway international bestseller, Liar's Poker. He holds an adjunct professorship at the University of California a " Berkeleya (TM)s journalism school and lives in Berkeley with his wife, Tabitha Soren.

Ken Wells is a senior editor and writer for "Conde Nast Portfolio" magazine, as well as the author of "Crawfish Mountain" and the Catahoula Bayou trilogy. During his career as a journalist he has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a writer and features editor for the front page of the "Wall Street Journal," He lives in the suburbs of New York City.


Michael Lewis grew up in New Orleans and has degrees from Princeton and the London School of Economics. Formerly a bond salesman with Salomon Brothers, he is the author of the runaway international bestseller, Liar's Poker. He holds an adjunct professorship at the University of California a " Berkeleya (TM)s journalism school and lives in Berkeley with his wife, Tabitha Soren.