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Today's word on journalism

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Career advice:

"Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was stabbed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire, then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to be a writer -- and if so, why?"

--Bennett Cerf (1898-1971), co-founder of Random House (Thanks to alert WORDster Tom McGuire)

Searching for the perfect Cheerios spoon more grueling than one might think

By Brittany Strickland

"Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon." Edward Morgan Forster wrote that quote and I bet he never knew how right he was.

The reasoning for my approval: the shape of a spoon is much more important than we give it credit for. For instance, each morning I wake up and have a small bowl of cereal. If I scoop my Cheerios with the wrong style of utensil, my whole body is awakened with disaster. Because of this frequent nuisance, I decided to find the perfect spoon so that another morning is never ruined again.

I began my search by going online and buying different styles of spoons. The first one was the Dansk Tjorn teaspoon. Do not be fooled by its pricey lure, for at $6.40 a spoon, its deep scoop and skinny neck are easily caressed but its sharp edges interrupt its appeal by ripping your delicate lips to bits; especially the insides of your gums where they are sensitive and susceptible to the torture.

The next spoon I tried, I found myself very skeptical of. After my first experience with the costly yet vicious spoon, I was afraid to ladle any more Cheerios into my mouth with a utensil I was virgin to. However, the Utica Cutlery was not nearly as cruel as the Dansk, though the handle was rigid and sharp, the bowl was shallow and delicate. The feel in my hand was not pleasant, but the feel in my mouth was serene. At $6.76 for six spoons, the Utica Cutlery was a much better purchase and I was less weary for my final attempt at to discover the perfect spoon.

This final attempt led me to the Oneida Flight teaspoon. For six spoons, the price was $11.99 and it was well worth a couple of extra dollars. With its rounded edges, deep bowl, and a slim yet weightless handle, this spoon slid in and out of my mouth with ease -- not once bringing pain to my face or forcing a pursed expression as I tried to hold back tears. My grip was steady and my middle finger did not ache with the weight of a flat handle on



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