by Dan Bolles
Writing snappy headlines is hard work. No, really. It is. Choosing a handful of words that both grab the reader's attention and impart some clue to what a story is about can be an exercise in madness. And especially in a pun-friendly environment like 7D, there is a fine line between clever and precious.
This week's edition features a story I wrote about composer Philip Glass, an enigmatic and intimidating figure if ever there was one. Given his stature, his body of work and the general direction and tone of our interview, deciding upon a headline that worked was especially challenging. There was a lot of brainstorming involved. And a lot of bad ideas. What follows are some of the best — by which I of course mean the worst. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
- "The Imaginarium of Dr. Glass"
- "Art of Glass"
- "Breaking Glass"
- "Blowing Glass"
- "Wait … Philip Glass Scored Candyman 2?"
- "Shards of Glass"
- "A Brief Interview with Philip-fucking-Glass"
- "Minimalism: High Art, or Intellectual Masturbation?"
- "The Glass Menagerie"
- "Minimalism: … "
- "Philip Glass: the Polka Years"