“You don’t read fiction, do you Tom?”

16 03 2009

I don’t, Carola. But here’s something literary-ish that does tickle my fancy: Robert S. Boynton’s The new New Journalism: Conversations with America’s Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft. From the ‘about‘ page:

In the thirty years since Tom Wolfe published his manifesto, “The New Journalism,” a group of writers has been quietly securing a place at the very center of contemporary American literature for reportorially based, narrative-driven long form nonfiction. These New New Journalists […]  use the license to experiment with form earned by the New Journalists of the sixties to address the social and political concerns of 19th century writers such as Lincoln Steffens, Jacob Riis and Stephen Crane (an earlier generation of “New Journalists”), synthesizing the best of these two traditions. Rigorously reported, psychologically astute, sociologically sophisticated and politically aware, the New New Journalism may well be the most popular and influential development in the history of American literary nonfiction. [This book] explores the methods and techniques these journalists have developed, and looks backward to understand their dual heritage — their debts to their predecessors from both the 1890s and the 1960s.


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