Jane Eaton Hamilton

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.” – Lillian Hellman

Tag: Gay Talese

Don’t Miss These Journos in Your Reading Stacks

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author Lucy Grealy 1962-2002

The Queens of Nonfiction

Susan Orlean, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Roxane Gay?

Gay Talese, when asked, couldn’t think of a woman writer who had influenced him. But he’s an old get, right? Who expects better from him?

This list, as author Ann Friedman suggests, skews to white Americans, but nevertheless it is a list with a name for each of 56 years, with an excellent female nonfiction writer represented in each.

Outlines for Famous Books

It’s fascinating to get a look behind the covers to when the books were not yet the books they became, or the articles, or the short stories, to see how much behind the scenes work went into our favourites.


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