Wednesday, August 24, 2005

This is why I love Dan Barry

Here's how he opens a story in Wednesday's New York Times Metro section:

This massive city has a fourth dimension, a yawning black hole into which you can willfully dive or accidentally trip. The chance to slip into nothingness is the beauty of New York, and its horror, as when searchers vested in the vanished are left to divine answers from stone-silent pavement and lapping river waters.

The title of the article is The Father Who Never Came Home, and it's about the disappearance of sports writer John Lake in 1967.

He's one of my favorite newspapermen at the Times, and is often mentioned in the same breath as fellow second generation Irishman Pete Hamill. No bad company to be in.

If you want to see some more of his articles, have a look at this one, or this one, or this one. Each of them a little gem. This guy has such a talent for telling a story, cramming in a bunch of information, and all the while revealing some telling facet, when not the essence, of the subject he's writing about.

And he writes about New York City like few contemporary journos do.

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