Columnists: The Quiet Subversive

"The world is too much with us," wrote William Wordsworth in a famous sonnet, and Russell Baker echoes the poet three times a week in the New York Times. A funny place to do it, in a paper full of world news. But to Humorist Baker, 42, even a fraction of all the news that's fit to print is far too much. "The law of life," he writes, "is that there is almost always less happening than meets the eye."

What met his eye last week was not a paucity of happenings but 1967's...

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