I have a drawer full of them — unused cliches and extra commas, too. Greg's favorite job as an editor, aside from removing more than half the commas in anything I write, is killing cliches. "Death to all cliches" will probably be on his tombstone. I know he’d make it his license plate if he could, maybe a bumper sticker to go next to "Compassion, the Radicalism of our Age."
That's only one of thousands of things I learned from my boss in the three years I've written for CityBeat. I started as a freelancer and then joined the staff just over two years ago when he took a chance on a rookie. The most important things he taught me aren't in a book; they came from 16 years of experience as a reporter and over seven years as an editor: