Memoir’s truthy obligations: a handy how-to guide →
Nieman Storyboard does it again with this fantastic piece by Ben Yagoda (author of Memoir: A History) and Dan DeLorenzo. They suggest the issue of “truthiness” (Stephen Colbert’s word, not theirs) comes down to a nuanced answer: Inaccuracy is a problem in a memoir based on the extent to which it gets details as well as larger truths demonstrably wrong, depicts identifiable...
Byliner Spotlight: Having a Heat Wave →
A collection of journalism on heat and heatwaves! I’m about the William Langewiesche piece, myself - Kim
Warner Bros Acquiring Jon Krakauer's 'Under The... →
vintageanchor: EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is putting together quite a package to adapt the 2003 Jon Krakauer book Under The Banner Of Heaven.In the deal coming together, Milk and J Edgar scribe Dustin Lance Black will write the script for Ron Howard to direct.
What It Means To Be 'Always On' A Smartphone →
A look at WIRED writer Brian Chen’s new book, Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future — and Locked Us In.
One More Thought from Hannah Nordhaus
TM: In his introduction to The Best American Essays of 2007 David Foster Wallace wrote, “Writing-wise, fiction is scarier but non-fiction is harder—because non-fiction’s based in reality, and today’s felt reality is overwhelmingly, circuit-blowingly huge and complex.” How does his description of the challenge of writing non-fiction strike you? HN: To write strong, journalistic non-fiction,...
What I find most absorbing to write about are the little hidden corners of the...– Hannah Nordhaus, in an interview with The Millions. The whole piece is excellent — check it out!
July Discussion: What’s Your Favorite Type of... →
Nonfiction isn’t just a monolithic term. There are many categories an topics and types of nonfiction to talk about. Head on over to Kim’s (Sophisticated Dorkiness) blog for a Mr. Linky to leave your response to the question: What is one of your favorite types of nonfiction to read? OR What is one of your favorite nonfiction topics to read about?
BAND Is Live!
Today was our official announcement day for BAND, which is awesome. You can check out our intro posts here: Kim - Sophisticated Dorkiness Amy - Amy Reads Joy - Joy’s Book Blog We’ll have the first topic up at Kim’s blog tomorrow, and include a link here. Feel free to contact us with any questions in the comments, using the Ask feature, or via e-mail!
Summer's Biggest, Juiciest Nonfiction Adventures →
There is no literary genre that says “big, juicy hit” like nonfiction adventure; these are titles so packed with action and drama that they feel like movies in waiting (and in fact, most of them are). These are the stories that, when they work, have the chance to become smashes (think The Lost City of Z, Unbroken, or the current bestsellers Lost in Shangri-La and The Psychopath...