Zen and the Art of New York Times Headline Writing
There's nothing to it, except when there is.
Headline: "Doing Things You're Not" (Nov. 9)
The gist: A night out with singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, and a quote from David Letterman on Arthur's band: "I would like to be with those people. I think they're probably doing things I'm not."
Worth a koan? It is and it isn't. Stripped of a subject noun, the headline floats in space, achieving action and not-action, being and not-being.
Illustration by Rober Neubecker.