Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Sexless in St. Louis

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2006 at 4:01 PM

"Nothing above the ankles, please."

Since Lee Enterprises took over the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last year, much has been made of the paper's falling revenues and falling standards .

But what about its readers' falling libidos? In what must have been a Puritan-inspired, Iowan-implemented shake-up of the graphic-design department, the paper seems to have essentially scuttled all forms of graphic titillation. In the old days, even the most trivial antics of Britney, Christina or Orlando merited a salacious pic above the paper's logo, but nowadays not even a story on nude modeling can bring the graphic-design department to life.

"GET NAKED," reads today's top tease, in the broadsheet's typical boxy, 96 point font. It's book ended by an unerotic image of some lady's back and a gaping navel, the southern rim of which is coated either by white-light-reflecting sweat or a smidge of cream cheese. The tease points you to the Everyday section, where you encounter -- Egads! -- a spread of nude 52-year-old dude with his arms above his head! (The web pic is a bit more discreet.)

"You don't get rich modeling," says the model, who's identified as Bruce Williams, a former sports reporter from Maryland Heights. To which we'd add: You don't get rich printing nude pictures of aging former journalists, either.

-Ben Westhoff


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