Archives: Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway on writing, Fraser at writing, counterfeit books, and a podcast: newsletter, June 28, 2019

July 1, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, newsletter, watercolor, writers, writing.

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (2,7xx) on Friday, June 28, 2019. The great satisfaction of a project nearing completion came for me this week with the arrival of proof copies of Loyal Mountaineers: The Civil War Memoirs of Will McTeer. McTeer left his home near the Great Smoky Mountains in • Read More »

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The man who wanted every book; the quintessential English detective; and the first American crime novel; and morenewsletter May 18, 2018

May 21, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was emailed to everyone on Jim’s email list (2,644) on May 18, 2018   A summer head cold attacked me this week, making life miserable for a few days, but I tried not to let it slow me down too much. The major woodworking project that I mentioned last week was completed and • Read More »

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Lillian Ross, reporter and precursor of the 1960s New Journalism movement

September 28, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, journalists, reporters, reporting, Women writers and journalists, writers, writing.

Was she the mother of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s — the movement that showcased the deep reporting of people like Truman Capote and Gay Talese? Many people thought so. Lillian Ross, who died Sept. 20, 2017, at the age of 99, was doing that kind of reporting and writing for the New • Read More »

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Literary journalism, explained

May 9, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | Comments Off on Literary journalism, explained | Filed in: journalism, writing.

If it is to be literary journalism, the writer must be a journalist, not a fiction writer. That is, the writer cannot make anything up. The facts, descriptions and quotations must be true. They must be things that happened. Sometimes, for the sake of the story, writes create “composite” scenes or characters. If they do so, the writer is obligated to tell the reader that this has happened. Ultimately, however, such fictionalizing is unsatisfactory to the true journalist who is dedicated to the factual presentation of information.

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