Monday, May 15, 2006

Pete Hamill On Journalism

Buried deep inside Pete Hamill's admiring review of David Remnick's new Reporting: Writings From the New Yorker (Knopf), in the May 14 issue of The New York Times Book Review, are several incisive, insightful comments about the art of journalism:

"Reporting is a craft; you learn as much from your failures as from the small triumphs."

"The newspaper reporter's daily struggle is against deadlines and column inches, time and space, which is why so many decide to move on ... to write better about less."

"The apprentice learns speed and precision, and carries both into the luxury of the long form."

Hamill, the author of nine novels, is dead on.

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