Good Reading: Two Eye-Catching Leads

By Mike Feinsilber

In the Washington Post, 8/8/14, by fashion writer Robin Givhan:

The designer goods at the center of the government’s case against former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were splayed out on tables in a most undignified way, photographed and entered into evidence. An Oscar de la Renta beaded shift was entombed in thin dry cleaner’s plastic. A Louis Vuitton trenchcoat lay limp on a hanger. A pearl-colored Louis Vuitton handbag look deflated and cheap. Separated from the woman who risked so much to get them, the clothes, with their sizes visible, looked like so many specimens of human weakness, social status and cultural detritus awaiting dissection. Poke at them and the insecurity flows out.

In the New York Times, 8/8/14, by technology writer John Markoff:

Inspired by the architecture of the brain, scientists have developed a new kind of computer chip that uses no more power than a hearing aid and may eventually excel at calculations that stump today’s supercomputers.

Another sign of excellence by these two great newspapers: the headlines over both stories:

Over the Givhan story:

A purse filled with status and insecurity

Over the Markoff story:

A New Chip Functions Like a Brain, IBM Says

If the purpose of headlines is to summarize the news and draw readers to it, these two headlines do the job.

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