Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print
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Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Killed resurrects remarkable articles that prestigious publications such as The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and Rolling Stone assigned to accomplished writers for sizeable fees, then discarded for reasons having nothing to do with their quality and everything to do with their potential for unwanted controversy, political incorrectness, or undue press...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2004 by Nation Books (first published June 3rd 2004)
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Behind the scenes look at why some stories don't make it to publication and why...however, it didn't give the full picture. The authors give their perspective on what they were told was the reason and/or speculate as to why a certain magazine would turn them down. In addition they should have had the editor of the publication explain why the story wasn't used and that could have completed the picture. Story that should have gone to print: "Are Women Wasting Their Time in College? by Betty Frieda...more
Jan 23, 2008 Justin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: journalism fans, those who like short stories, conspiracy theorists
Most of the stories in this collection were worth reading, and some were fantastic. The standouts were "Unfortunate Con," "The Stranger-than-Truth Story of The Body Shop," "Mein Doll," and "Chills and Spills for Children of All Ages."
This was a good and easy read, for the most part. It includes a 1994 expose on The Body Shop's bad corporate behavior (all the standards: hypocrisy, false advertising, theft, manipulation, gross crap in the products), a 2002 editorial on the failures of journalism (specifically, in regard to reporting on Israeli-Palestinian events), a good one investigating the life of the guy who claimed that Karl Rove told him that George Bush was arrested for cocaine possession, and several other informative...more
Shonna Froebel
This is a book that has been on my shelf for a while and I finally pulled it down to read.
Wallis has gathered a number of articles commissioned from 1942 to 2003 by a variety of newspapers and magazines, but cancelled before making it to print. They vary widely in subject and were pulled for a number of reasons. Many of the would-be publications didn't give clear and honest reasons for the cancellation of the articles, and some were published later either in other publications, or in books.
It wa...more
Feb 22, 2008 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: journalists, people who like reading "banned books"
I haven't finished all the pieces in here, but they're fab. I read through them and say to myself, "Dude, but they totally could have gotten this printed elsewhere."

But that totally misses the point. I mean, we all know that mainstream papers and glossies aren't exactly cutting edge and there are some things that are just "too hot to print." But I guess it's different, actually seeing just the sorts of articles that get rejected, not because the writer didn't use spellcheck or it wasn't fabulous...more
I was disappointed. I can see why editors rejected most of these articles. Most are rambling pieces that are several thousand words too long.

I'm not a magazine reader so maybe I'm just not familiar with the usual format. But two things struck me as odd:

(1) The fact that nothing was sourced. The book contains no notes, bibliography, nothing. That's fine for fluff pieces, but many of the articles claim to be works of serious investigative journalism. Do magazines not print this information? Even...more
Dec 31, 2007 Oliver rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to know the truth about some morbid stuff
highlights include:
A really in-depth article about J.H. Hatfield, the author of the controversial W. Bush biography Fortunate Son, who died shortly after the book was published. Many leftists argue that his death was not really a suicide, as it was reported. This article exposes Hatfield as a liar and criminal throughout his life, which lessens the credibility of the biography. Too bad, since I'd love to believe that the Bush party had something to do with Hatfield's death. Now, someone will nee...more
Big Shell
Worth reading - yes. But most of the articles here were killed for good reasons, in fact only three of the articles that I would describe as killed for political or advertisement reasons. The rest ranged from being 50 plus pages for a magazine article, fiction being submitted as non-fiction, unfinished work, flat out poor quality work, and a particular one was a long fart and penis joke submitted to Vogue.

Title completely misleading. The editor of this book is just about as much of a "great jou...more
Bee Meekers
Good writing. You can tell that a lot of time and effort was put into researching for and writing the pieces. Some of the articles, however, really just aren't my cup of tea so I didn't read all of them. I enjoyed "Are Women Wasting their Time in College?" by Betty Friedan and I like the little prefaces before each article discussing how the author came to write the piece and how it got "killed." If you really like journalism, I'd check this book out; you might enjoy it.
This is a great collection of items that were once hotly pursued by print media but met an untimely demise (usually without explanation and a clear implication of weird prejudice) at the editorial level. The piece about John Mellencamp's love of smoking while getting blown is an excellent justification for reading the entire collection (of, admittedly, heavier topics).
This will give you some insight into the politics of journalism. A politic that it should be wholly separated from but we all know it isn't. Some of the pieces are dated now and are interesting only as curiosities, but the later ones are especially compelling. This is one of those books where if it sounds even slightly interesting to you then you should get a copy.
So excellent. Each of these stellar pieces tells us much about the topics still considered taboo in our allegedly enlightened modern age. Sadly, I'm of the opinion that not one of these articles would make it to an audience today, even from the most jaded of the fringe presses.
Sarah Pascarella
An interesting study of self-censorship, as well as paranoia. There were so many typos in this book, though, that I wondered if it was rushed to press--and maybe not thoroughly fact-checked, either?
Mar 27, 2012 Kristy marked it as to-read
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I forgot... I'm still reading this. Christ. Well, it's a bunch of different articles, so it's not too bad it's still in the "currently reading" pile... right!?
Heidi Carreon
I loved this book, I really do, especially because I plan to major in journalism. My favorite article was definitely the one by Betty Friedan.
Alex Cunningham
A very mixed bag of articles, but the biting social commentary in some is worth the banality of the rest.
The piece about The Body Shop is really good. I've been meaning to show it to at least two of you.
Read this specifically for an expose on The Body Shop and its owner -- a must read.
Some of these pieces are incredible, particurly the story on The Body Shop.
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