“Computer-Generated Nonsense,” QED

Ha-ha, Alex: “The editors of the Boston Globe, in a tiny note artfully buried at the bottom of Page 2, admitted that almost half of the hundreds of columns written by Alex Beam in his centuries-long stint (‘None dared wish it longer,’ one wag noted) at the newspaper had been purged from the Globe’s digital archive. ‘So much of Beam’s work was borderline unreadable,’ the note stated. ‘He tossed around words like ‘obscurantist,’ ‘atavistic,’ and ‘seriatim’ as if he was auditioning for tenure in the English Department at Middlesex Community College. But in the end, a lot of his work read like computer-generated nonsense. We apologize to our readers for the many years of affront.’