Columnists: Mr. Peeve

What he wanted out of life, said Novelist John O'Hara when he started writing a column for Long Island's Newsday and its syndicate last year, was to be as "indispensable to historians of the future as Dickens was to the historians of the 19th century." Newsday, which paid O'Hara $1,000 a column, found him to be something less than a Dickens and quite dispensable. Largely because 27 newspapers have dropped his column, Newsday dropped him—after exactly one year. "I regard him as an outrage as a columnist," says Larry Fanning, executive editor...

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