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Literary Journalists

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The Art of Fact
The Tools of the Reporter
The Craft of the Novelist
The literary journalists are marvelous observers whose meticulous attention to detail is wedded to the tools and techniques of the fiction writer. Like reporters, they are fact gatherers whose material is the real world. Like fiction writers, they are consummate storytellers who endow their stories with a nar
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Paperback, 339 pages
Published September 12th 1984 by Ballantine Books
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Sarah
I read this in high school... most of it is lost to time, but the piece on eating roadkill... well, that sticks with me.
Steven Buechler
Jul 30, 2013 Steven Buechler rated it it was amazing
I came across an artifact the other day that reminded me of my idealistic youth. It was a book, of course, but it was something that I reviewed greatly when I was a journalism student and foolishly looked at it thinking that it would be my guide to my writing back in the early 1990s. Instead the world became faster and more corporate and my words became mere an echo to the yips and shouts that attempt to explain the world today. So allow me to pour myself a cup of coffee and review the complex ...more
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Jul 14, 2016 Erin Stewart rated it liked it
This collection had some really engaging stories - some I liked more than others. The only thing I find rather off-putting is the emphasis within Literary Journalists, and indeed within commentary on the genre of literary journalism more generally, on Americana. Sometimes there's a high level of assumed knowledge about American culture that isn't very realistic for international readers, even ones who watch a lot of American TV (like me). Also, there are plenty examples of exemplary nonfiction ...more
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Rekindled my passion for gonzo journalism.

The best entry is easily the first one, "Travels in Georgia," by John McPhee.
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