The newspaper of record

Two quotes from page E1 of today’s New York Times:

“Sports Illustrated has designated the book “Friday Night Lights,” an account of a year the author spent in 1988 following a high school football team in Odessa, Tex., one of the top five sports titles ever, and called it the best book ever written about football–a verdict that’s hard to quarrel with unless you’re partial to Roy Blount Jr.’s “About Three Bricks Shy of a Load.”

“…the 1990 work is titled in part “Three Little Boys” in parentheses, preceded by a description of a sexual act.”

Is it just me, or is the (unedited/unprofessional) writing of blogs significantly clearer and more straightforward?