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But 20 years ago, he took a year off from his job to document them, in what became his book The Alphabet of Modern Annoyances.
He took a few minutes in 1996 to look on his works and despair. And to talk about the challenges of journalism. Here's our interview.
More interviews with journalists on journalism: Helen Thomas on covering the White House, Kara Swisher on the secret origin of AOL, Charles Jaco on the "evil" of broadcasting.
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