” [J]ournalism largely consists of saying “Lord Jones Dead” to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.” G. K. Chesterton, “The Purple Wig.”
I am working my way through G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories, and every so often he tosses out a gem like this, on top of his marvelous storytelling and ingenious plots.
Edited to add: Sigh. I should have known it was too good to last. The casual and quite nasty racism of a couple of Chesterton’s stories in The Wisdom of Father Brown has quite put me off his otherwise evocative prose.