How the cover gets made

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① “The cover story is on the cor­re­la­tion be­tween the stock mar­ket and oil prices, which can be bad in terms of an eco­nomic re­cov­ery.”

“Why’s it bad?”

“Be­cause when oil prices go down, so does the mar­ket.”

“We could run a fever-line chart with two lines. Both lines could be go­ing down­ward. And then a cap­tion could say, ‘Look, they’re cor­re­lated—wow!’ ”

“That doesn’t sound very sexy.”

② “A busi­ness­man, rep­re­sent­ing the stock mar­ket, and an oil drum, which rep­re­sents—stay with me— oil prices, in some kind of hu­man-on-inan­i­mate-ob­ject code­pen­dent ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship.”

“That’s very strange. It also com­pletely di­min­ishes the com­plex­ity of the story. But it’s sex­ier.”

“One out of three. Sounds like a win!”

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