Reporting: Cooke's Tour

"He is a nuisance," Britain's Guardian wrote of its U.S. correspondent, Alistair Cooke. "He telephones his copy at the last moment. He says that he will be in Chicago and turns up in Los Angeles. He discards the agreed subject to write about something which has taken his fancy. If all his colleagues were like him, production of this paper would cease." But, the Guardian con ceded, "we think he's worth it."

Most of Alistair Cooke's readers and listeners seem to agree. A nuisance he is to conventional thought, both in his column for the...

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