Inside the Writer's Mind: Writing Narrative Journalism / Edition 1

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Inside the Writer's Mind propels readers into 30 very different stories, written for magazines, newspapers and the Internet. Among the stories Stephen G. Bloom dissects are profiles of accused murderers, a Little League umpire, a husband and wife who sign a suicide pact, a world-famous Brazilian plastic surgeon, and a notorious abortionist. Bloom writes about his job canning fruit cocktail, a disaster of a Caribbean cruise vacation, a lethal family of professional wrestlers, and an afternoon spent with Dr. Ruth.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Making up this delightful collection are 30 short journalistic essays, originally published in, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Los Angeles Times, among other places, and grouped under broad headings such as "Ordinary People," "Extraordinary People," and "Extraordinary Circumstances." Although it contains a useful albeit brief introductory chapter on good essay writing and how to conduct an interview with a subject, this is not a book about how to write narrative journalism. Rather, it is a fine example of the range of journalism professor Bloom's (Postville) own creative journalism; it instructs by example rather than by didacticism. As Bloom aptly observes, "good writing is storytelling, i.e., turning observation into narrative." Whether he is interviewing Dr. Michael Levitt, an expert on flatulence ("Dr. Fart Speaks") or Dr. Ruth Westheimer, our popular culture's expert on sex ("The Joy of Dr. Ruth"), Bloom captures his subjects with verve and interest. Somewhat less insightful are the short reflections accompanying each story that reveal their genesis and writing. Students wanting direction on their own writing process might need to look elsewhere, although the suggested "assignments" at the end of each chapter might be useful; readers of creative journalism will enjoy this book. Herbert E. Shapiro, SUNY/Empire State Coll., Rochester Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Bloom (journalism and mass communication, U. of Iowa) presents and then dissects 30 of his own stories for magazines, newpapers, and other media. The dissections are used to give advice on how a journalist goes about thinking about and constructing a story. The stories range from personal anecdotes to profiles of baseball umpires, accused murderers, and other personalities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813817798
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/26/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents



Ordinary People.

1 Always Right at Home.

2 Busy Signal.

3 Bizarre Slaying Stumps San Francisco Police.

4 Couple's First Cruise: "It's Turning into a FelliniMovie".

5 Dr. Fart Speaks.

6 Death of an American Dream.

7 Name-droppers Alter Ill-suited Identities.

8 Portrait of a Rapist.

9 The Little Man.

Extraordinary People.

10 Doc of Ages.

11 The Joy of Dr. Ruth.

12 Gothic Revival.

13 Kings of the Mat.

14 San Francisco's Worst Kept Secret.

15 The Big Chill.

16 Yugoslav Prince Covets a Crown.

17 Eviction Brings Mountain Man Down.

18 Sneaking Scripture into the Spotlight ExtraordinaryCircumstances.

19 18 Years on a Long, Boozy Road.

20 Streets of San Francisco Teem with Teen Runaways.

21 For Melissa's Sake.

22 The Man with a Hex.

23 Man's Fate Hinges on Testimony of Daughter, 3; ConfusedPortrait Emerges of Suspect Freed in Wife's Death OrdinaryCircumstances.

24 A Cannery Connection.

25 Mikey's Close Call.

26 I Shall Return, Scout's Honor.

27 Slang Leads to Miscues.

28 The Dog's Hour.

29 What's That in Your Mouth?

30 Yo!

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