When I first starting writing columns in 2001

When I first starting writing columns in 2001, Harrison, who had been a columnist before I, gave me a Jimmy Breslin piece to read. What made it a column and not a short feature, Harrison told me, were six words. “Dies the victim, dies the city.” My god, the punch-to-the-gut brilliance of that short sentence.
In the years since, that column has remained a touchstone for me. So, thank you, Harrison, for making the introduction.
RIP Jimmy Breslin.