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This first edition reader introduces students to 26 of our greatest literary journalists, from Ernie Pyle to Hunter S. Thompson. It is the most current and complete anthology of the best of literary journalism.
Introduction. Prologue: Two Stories of War. Ernie Pyle: The Story of Captain Waskow. John Hersey: The Unforgettable Fire. Readings in Literary Journalism 1960-2000. John Updike: Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu. Terry Southern: Twirling at Ole Miss. Tom Wolfe: King of the Status Dropouts. Truman Capote: Confession. George Plimpton: Series of Downs. Gay Talese: Frank Sinatra Has a Head Cold. Norman Mailer: The Theater of Ideas. Michael Herr: Hell Sucks. Joan Didion: A California Dream. Hunter S. Thompson: Chitty and the Boo-Hoo. Nora Ephron: The Littlest Nixon. Gail Sheehy: Redpants and Sugarman. Roger Angell: The Sixth Game. Jessica Mitford: Checks and Balances. Selwyn Raab: A Good Little Girl. Edna Buchanan: Husbands of the Widow Elkin. Randy Shilts: Patient Zero. Maria Vespiri: The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll. Leigh Montville: You are Always a Kid. Molly Ivins: Soap Opera City. P.J. O''Rourke: Accepting Chaos. Marie Brenner: I Never Sang for My Mother. Rick Bragg: Prisoners of Age. Nancy Shulins: Tender Mercies. Bibliography.