"Do you collect things?"
"Yes," Fletch said. "People."
"What an interesting thought."
"I don't use people, just collect them. It gives me some interesting memories on the long drive."
"Is that why you're a journalist?"
"I suppose so."
That's an excerpt from Gregory McDonald's book "Fletch Won," which is what I'm reading between baseball books. I love that passage above, because I think it does a pretty great job of summing up what makes a good journalist. Definitely something to ponder.
By the way, if you're looking for a good, funny mystery novel, you could do worse than any of the "Fletch" novels by Gregory McDonald.