The funniest thing I've read in a long time: Mark Twain's story "How I Edited An Agricultural Paper."
Here's a tidbit from the Twain character's rant at the end, after being dismissed as editor:
You try to tell me anything about the newspaper business! Sir, I have been through it from Alpha to Omaha, and I tell you that the less a man knows the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands…. I said I could make your paper of interest to all classes–and I have. I said I could run your circulation up to twenty thousand copies, and if I had had two more weeks I'd have done it. And I'd have given you the best class of readers that ever an agricultural paper had–not a farmer in it, nor a solitary individual who could tell a watermelon-tree from a peach-vine to save his life.Posted by Michele Owens on July 1, 2011 at 5:45 am, in the category Uncategorized.