One More Time : The Best of Mike Royko
This collection of his classic columns from the Sixties through the Nineties is extraordinary. If you want to learn what great short writing is all about, read Royko. He was a master of the first and, especially, the LAST line. Pick any of these columns at random, read it, and you'll see what I mean. I just pretend to be a writer. Royko was a genius.