“Ghost Writers in the Sky”

Atlanta Constitution editorial room, with copy desk in the background, Nov. 25, 1947. (AP Photo via Poynter)

An old deadline snuck up on him one dark and windy day,

Just like a thousand other times when life got in the way,

When all at once the mighty words as fast as he could think

Went flyin’ past his fevered brain

In letters and dry ink.

Yippie eye yay, yippie eye oh,

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Barry Dredze

Barry Dredze

Just another mortal, tweaking my cognitive map on the fly.