where the writers are
flame out on the city desk

The phone. The banter. The questions. The answers. The issues. The problems. The demands. The retractions. The phone. The police scanner. The needs. The anger. The sadness. The laughs. The phone. The profit. The greed. The layoffs. The cutbacks. The thumb-suckers. The art. The charts. The centerpiece. The brief. The web. The reader. The phone. The release. The archives. The computer. The headlines. The visitor. The training. The editor. The typos. The sources. The maniacs. The cynics. The idiots. The blowhards. The comedians. The conspiracies. The reporter. The disillusioned. The phone.

Isn't anyone going to answer that goddam phone?