Archives: New Yorker

Lyndon Johnson biographer Caro reveals a secret weapon of interviewing

January 30, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

Robert Caro’s magisterial four volumes on Lyndon Johnson is, in my view, one of the great works of nonfiction of the 20th and 21st centuries. They will stand for many decades as an amazing work of prose and scholarship. Volume 4, which covers Johnson’s vice presidency and his taking over the presidency after the assassination • Read More »

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The passing of writer Ursula K. Le Guin sparks an important reconsideration of her work

January 30, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writers, writing.

Whatever she was, she had a special talent for keeping readers in her grip, for making them see what they had never seen before, and for making them think about what she had written long after they had finished reading.

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Writing and dying, in public view; The Devil’s Dictionary

October 23, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was sent to the people on Jim’s email list (3,988) on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Hi,  Fence rows, tractor lifts, chainsaws, and hayrolls — they’ve all been a big part of my life lately. The farm offers an endless variety of experiences and possibilities. Don’t forget the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. The wildfires in • 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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Margaret Fuller packed more than a lifetime into her 40 short years

September 12, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, journalists, Women writers and journalists, writers.

What I mean by the Muse is that unimpeded clearness of the intuitive powers, which a perfectly truthful adherence to every admonition of the higher instincts would bring to a finely organized human being. It may appear as prophecy or as poesy. … and should these faculties have free play, I believe they will open new, • Read More »

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