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A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
May 17 2008 2:26 AM

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Robert Mondavi, the pioneering California winemaker, has died. Famed as an advocate for American viticulture, Mondavi, the godfather of chardonnay, helped transform the Napa Valley from a region best known for its cheap jug wines into a world-class wine destination. He was 94.

Money can't buy me taste: The WSJ fronts a  feature on William Topaz McGonagall, a long-dead Englishman known in his day as "the world's worst poet," whose works are enjoying an unexpected renaissance. "Despite his ability to massacre poetic metaphor, his taste for banality, a weak vocabulary and his tortuous rhymes, his popularity has outlived many of his then-respected contemporaries," said an employee of the auction house where 35 of McGonagall's original poems recently sold for $13,200. One fan admires McGonagall's "dogged determination in spite of his obvious lack of talent." There's hope for TP yet!

Justin Peters is a writer for Slate. He is working on a book about Aaron Swartz, copyright, and the rise of “free culture.” Email him at