Ted Conover





Ted Conover


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Ted Conover, a "master of experience-based narrative nonfiction" (Publisher's Lunch), is the author of many articles and five books including Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes, Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America's Mexican Migrants, Whiteout: Lost in Aspen, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), and, most recently, The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today. He is a distinguished writer-in-residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University."

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My new book, Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep, is just out. It’s about the kind of writing I’m best known for, where the writer learns by placing himself in the world of his subjects for a time. I talk about gaining access, handling yourself once “inside,” turning experience into story, the special case of undercover reporting, and the ethical issues that surround this kind of longform...

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Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

3.95 avg rating — 2,942 ratings — published 1999 — 26 editions
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Coyotes: A Journey Through ...

4.07 avg rating — 911 ratings — published 1987 — 6 editions
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Rolling Nowhere: Riding the...

3.98 avg rating — 636 ratings — published 1984 — 16 editions
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The Routes of Man: How Road...

3.77 avg rating — 507 ratings — published 2010 — 17 editions
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Whiteout: Lost in Aspen

3.47 avg rating — 198 ratings — published 1991 — 5 editions
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The Fair Ophelia

3.55 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Immersion: A Writer's Guide...

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Au fil du rail: L'Amérique ...

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In My Grandfather's Footsteps

4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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“...what I'm getting at is like the distinction between tourist and a traveler. The tourist experience is superficial and glancing. The traveler develops a deeper connection with her surroundings. She is more invested in them -- the traveler stays longer, makes her own plans, chooses her own destination, and usually travels alone: solo travel and solo participation, although the most difficult emotionally, seem the most likely to produce a good story.”
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“...required for good fiction: character, conflict, change through time. And if you're really blessed, you get resolution. But life doesn't usually work out that way.”
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“Roads remain the essential network of the non-virtual world. They are the infrastructure upon which almost all other infrastructure depends. They are the paths of human endeavor.”
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