First there was this shoutout from Jim Romenesko for Saturday’s Boston Globe front-page headline:
BOSTON GLOBE HEADLINE ‘HAS TO BE ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST’
“Admittedly, I’m biased, as both a Thomas Pynchon idolator and Globe staffer(though I had nothing to do this hed and don’t know who did),” writes Mark Feeney. “But this hed for our two p. 1 stories today on the Russian meteorite has to be one of the year’s best. ‘A screaming comes across the sky’ is great in and of itself, being both accurate and vivid — and as any Pynchon fan can tell you it’s also the first sentence of his masterpiece, ‘Gravity’s Rainbow.’”
– Boston Globe, Feb. 16
— First lines of Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow”
Then came this Boston Sunday Globe Page One headline:
Not to mention the four – count ‘em, four – full pages that followed:
Per Mark Feeney, regardless of who’s responsible for these headlines, someone at the Globe – maybe new executive editor Brian McGrory – has the soul of a poet.
Good for them. And for us.