The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft by Robert Boynton

The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft

byRobert Boynton

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

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Forty years after Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, and Gay Talese launched the New Journalism movement, Robert S. Boynton sits down with nineteen practitioners of what he calls the New New Journalism to discuss their methods, writings and careers.

The New New Journalists are first and foremost brilliant reporters who immerse themselves completely in their subjects. Jon Krakauer accompanies a mountaineering expedition to Everest. Ted Conover works for nearly a year as a prison guard. Susan Orlean follows orchid fanciers to reveal an obsessive subculture few knew existed. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc spends nearly a decade reporting on a family in the South Bronx. And like their muckraking early twentieth-century precursors, they are drawn to the most pressing issues of the day: Alex Kotlowitz, Leon Dash, and William Finnegan to race and class; Ron Rosenbaum to the problem of evil; Michael Lewis to boom-and-bust economies; Richard Ben Cramer to the nitty gritty of politics. How do they do it? In these interviews, they reveal the techniques and inspirations behind their acclaimed works, from their felt-tip pens, tape recorders, long car rides, and assumed identities; to their intimate understanding of the way a truly great story unfolds.

Interviews with:
Gay Talese
Jane Kramer
Calvin Trillin
Richard Ben Cramer
Ted Conover
Alex Kotlowitz
Richard Preston
William Langewiesche
Eric Schlosser
Leon Dash
William Finnegan
Jonathan Harr
Jon Krakauer
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Michael Lewis
Susan Orlean
Ron Rosenbaum
Lawrence Weschler
Lawrence Wright

Title:The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their CraftFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307429040

ISBN - 13:9780307429049

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The fictional current that flows beneath the stream of reality: New New Journalism, YES! Robert Boynton is the the director of NY University's graduate magazine journalism program. This anthology is a wonderous collection of "who's who" in New New Journalism. NJ was a journalistic movement in the mid 1960s and early 1970s. Its historian and architect is Tom Wolfe and includes Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, Terry Southern, George Plimpton, Hunter Thompson, Gail Sheehy and a slew of other brilliant and exciting journalists. As Wolfe puts it, NJ expressed a kind of artistic excitement about journalism. Today it is probably better known by the term literary nonfiction. The NNJ are journalists who are sympathetic to the aims and ideals of NJ. There is no manifesto or club card but all of them share in common a passion for telling stories that are closely aligned with the human condition: close to the skin reporting. In this colleciton you'll find some of the most interesting and ecclectic writers and journalists around: Gay Talese, Eric Schlosser, Susan Orlean, Ron Rosenbaum, Jon Krakauer... The interviews are conducted by Boynton who manages to capture the passion behind the writing AND a good many of their techniques, styles, and zen moments of insight. The introduction is a really helpful survey of the field. This is an award winning collection in my view, doomed from the outset to be a classic. And, best of all, the interviews and personalities are breath-takingly interesting and vibrant. The title of the review is a passage from the Talese interview. If it doesn't hook you, I don't know what will.
Date published: 2008-09-23