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The nonfiction I believe in

“Certainly the basic purpose of nonfiction is to inform, to instruct, hopefully to enlighten.  But that’s not enough.  An effective nonfiction book must animate its subject, infuse it with life.  It must create a vivid and believable world that the reader will enter willingly and leave only with reluctance.” Russel Freedman, Fact or Fiction (1992)

Paying attention to the small

Paying attention to the small

Writers must pay attention to detail, but journalists most often pay attention to the “big” – the big stories that are trending now, the big people who make the news.  But in the small are the stories.  At least, that’s my premise.  In the stories of “little people” – average, everyday citizens – lie insight […]


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