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Have you ever dreamed to see Mike Tyson and Tony Blair fighting for the title of Heavyweight Champion of the World with Don King on the right corner of the ring and Gordon Brown on the left one?Well, there you are guys.Make your bet, please. The match takes place in Moscow's Red Square.Vladimir Putin wearing a bikini and a miniskirt is holding the signs of the rounds in the intervals.Boris Yeltsin is standing on the rooftop of Saint Basil's Cathedral advertising Pizza Hut's special offers with a...
This guy might be the smartest, hippest guy alive. Imagine, being the editor of New Yorker and in the position of picking the most interesting writing from the most popular literary magazine in the country. Saw him on Charlie Rose talking about The Bridge, his book about Obama before the presidency. So smart, so neutral...classic old time journalism.
This book is a collection of articles about well known people, mainly political figures. He presents a perspective of each that is based on both intimate and broadly gathered information. Just not my field of interest, no matter how hard I tried 😐
Un extraordinario libro para entender doce figuras claves de nuestro tiempo. Cada capítulo es una de esas personalidades, leemos sobre políticos como Al Gore, Blair, Havel, Putin, Netanyahu, Arafat, escritores como Roth, DeLillo, Solzhenitsin u Oz, un músico como Springsteen o la antigua directora del Washington post Graham. Un libro realmente fantástico.
Every Remnick article included in the book is a gem. The Solzhenitsyn is particularly terrific. A great quote: "In a tyranny, a real writer is like a second government."
Remnick doesn't do flashy or self-regarding; he does (or at least this book delivers) intimate access to the very biggest-name politicians, writers, sportspeople and those close to them, and total trust in what he says. Some of the articles, while fascinating and informative, are a bit dated, but you can hardly fault the book for that - it's current affairs of sorts and was published in 2006. Ideally there'd be articles like this to read all the time. Sadly, Remnick is exceptional and books this...
I enjoyed this book tremendously, although I found the central section on Israel/Palestine a bit wearing and Remnick's writing style somewhat relentless after 500+ pages. The highlights are the chapters on Gore, Blair, and the boxing ones; the most interesting in retrospect is the portrayal of Putin as a rather faceless steady-pair-of-hands - how different things looked in 2006!
Interesantes reportajes. Me gustaron el de Al Gore y Bruce Springsteen. Un ejemplo de buen periodismo.
⭐️3.5⭐️“Pienso que la ficción proviene de todo lo que has hecho, dicho, soñado e imaginado a lo largo de tu vida. Nace de todas las cosas que están en el aire.”
Tom Wolfe escreveu em 1973 que “a literatura mais importante escrita hoje na América é a de não-ficção”. Ele se referia ao movimento que surgiu com autores como Truman Capote, Gay Talese e Jimmy Breslin, e ao qual foi dado – não se sabe por quem, ou ao menos Wolfe não sabe – o nome de Novo Jornalismo. Diferente das matérias tradicionais dos jornais, os textos do Novo Jornalismo atingiram a longevidade e são lidos até hoje. Entre eles A Sangue Frio e Hiroshima, publicados na revista The New Yorke...
A collection of current New Yorker editor David Remnick's essays, Reporting is a nice collection but it's also kind of a mixed bag. I suppose this happens with any collection of journalism: these were written more or less on deadline around ten years (or longer) ago. So we already know what happened next. This is what made some of these essays really come off as dated: like the one about how Ariel Sharon or the one about how Vladimir Putin. Whee he tries to imagine what the future held for these...
Shining collection of journalism from the legendary New Yorker editor and Pulitzer-Prize winner.Highlights include The Exile: Solzhenitsyn in Vermont, and my favourite piece, Kid Dynamite Blows Up. The latter (and all the boxing pieces) successfully mine the same seam opened in his earlier book on Muhammad Ali, King of the World, with the same knack of traveling from the boxer's nervous system to the outer edges of an entire culture.
Amazing collection of profiles including Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike Tyson, Tony Blair, and more. The book has five sections: one on Washington politics (included a horrifying article on Katrina), one on authors (Philip Roth included), one with Russian politics, language(learn why Vladimir Putin tries to be boring), Israeli section, including Palestinian and Israeli profiles, and the last on sports figures.
Remnick's book offers a lot of details on the people he profiled, none of which insightful or original. His book can be passed off as a wikipedia-like reference of famous people, if not for his tendency to make endless references to pop culture, interviews, and descriptions of mundane and stereotypical behaviors or events. In short, "Reporting" offers nothing more than a much shorter profile readily available would do.
"Freedom! To fill people's mailboxes, eyes, ears and brains with commercial rubbish against their will, television programs that are impossible to watch with a sense of coherence. Freedom! To force information on people, taking no account of their right not to accept it or their right of peace of mind. Freedom! To spit in the eyes and souls of passersby with advertisements." (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - quoted in Remnick, D. Reporting, 2006)
Great stuff to make sense of the world. Especially pieces 'Mrs Graham', on Philip Roth and the 'Translation Wars' took my interes. But everything on Russia, Israël, and even boxing were compelling enough to keep on reading. even if it clearly carries the 'sympoms' of its time - eg sentences like "it is expected that X will win the elections…"
3.5 stars. Top-notch writing by Remnick, but some/much of the content is obviously dated, 10 years after publication. Some of the most interesting essays were on subjects I did not expect to find interesting, so I want to get my hands on other Remnick collections and maybe have another go at his book on Obama, which I listed to some years ago.
A través de esta recopilación de entrevistas Remnick deja claro porqué es uno de los máximos exponentes del periodismo estadounidense. El manejo de tópicos, el nivel de investigación y la seriedad con que enfrenta su trabajo deberían ser un ejemplo y una guía para los periodistas mexicanos.
What I learned from this book: 1. The definition of 63 words, including "rodomontade" and "omphalos"2. Insights into contemporary cultural dynamics of Palestine and Israel3. A modern history of the sport of boxing and its practitioners
Articles from the editor of The New Yorker from mostly the 90s and 00s, published in 06. The articles are dense with detail but pacy too. There's some literary profiles and stuff on US politics but the bulk of this book is Remnick on Russia and Israel, where he is illuminating.
wide ranging & fun
I actually read interesting things about Tony Blair. Yes, it's possible.
my favourite stories are about katherine graham, solzhenitsyn (no idea how to pronounce this) and hurricane katrina. and i must admit i have a ginormous crush on remnick.
Profiles of world leaders from the past 2 decades by a journalist who knows how it's done. Hooah!
Honestly, I've barely cracked open the book yet.
jornalismo deveria ser para poucos.