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Robert Greene on Robert Greenes et al.

This is the most literate, compelling, entertaining, engaging, and truly masterful op-ed to appear in the Los Angeles Times for some time.

Next spring though, if I'm still around — and I'm laying odds I will be — I will write you one heck of a judicial endorsement. Perhaps some upstart blogger will rewrite it into a masterpiece.
Of course, it's by a man most people barely associate with the paper, but who makes the most of his moments behind the scenes when he is able to: Robert Greene, erstwhile Weekly scribe who has been at the Times for about four years now.

In this piece, Greene also discloses that he has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and that his first round of treatment failed. And also...
And, on my glass-half-full days, I can give you a list of those who survived. I can tell you about how my doctor once put my odds at 50-50 but more recently at an optimistic 60-40.

Greene has always been quicker and better at news analysis in particular than almost anyone else at the paper. Having had a chance to ask a few people of note around town who their favorite local scribe is, many have told me something like this: "I don't want to exclude anyone. But between you and me--Robert Greene." Hold on and pull for the half-full days.