From 1998, Jimmy Breslin delivers a wonderful lecture on his life in newspapering. I offer this to you for two reasons. First, I happened to be in the U.S. when C-SPAN first broadcast it, and I found it so evocative of a vanishing era that I called C-SPAN up and ordered a VHS copy of it. Students of journalism, or fans or skeptics of the form, will enjoy watching it.

Second, that sort of thing will be easier now because starting today, C-SPAN is making all 160,000 hours of its video archive available online for free. With a very good search engine. Here: go crazy.

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