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Stranger Than Fiction: The Art of Literary Journalism (Modern Scholar)
by William McKeen (Goodreads Author)
One of the reasons I didn’t major in journalism is because in my first attempt to take a course in the field, the professor began the class by asking, “What is news?” There followed a ninety-minute discussion of possible definitions, as a bunch of squirming eighteen-year-olds tried to come up with something that sounded serious enough to please the professor. At the end of ...more
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Starts with a bit of history, using a passage from Mark Twain that I enjoy (from Roughing It?), then dives into post-WWII writers. Covered are John Hersey, Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, and a few others. This was mostly a survey class of literary journalism by author, but I really liked an early lecture describing what that really means. The instructor had the right amount of humor for the material. The samples that were included were narrated well. I would certainly ...more
This is a wonderful book CD on so many levels. Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Gay Talese and Hunter S. Thompson are featured to name a few. The author provides excerpts of the writing of these authors in addition to their biographical highlights and the overall result is a riveting and very entertaining literary history. He tops it off with recommended reading throughout the lectures and in the final chapter adds numerous must reads in summary.
Author of Mile Marker Zero, Outlaw Journalist, Highway 61, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay and several other books, William McKeen teaches at Boston University and chairs its department of journalism. He lives on the rocky coast of Cohasset, Massachusetts.More about William McKeen...