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100 Books Every Journalist Must Read (and a quote)

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dick Whitman, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member


    “The difference between good sportswriting and its overwrought counterpart lies in its practitioners’ ability to hit the equivalent of the literary curve ball—that is, tell a story simply and eloquently, and with no overarching swings at morality or hero worship.”

    Michael Anft, Baltimore City Paper
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    What if you swing and strikeout but reach on a passed ball?
  3. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    I've read 27 of them. I figure there are about 10-15 on here that most of us have read. I used to read just about every collection of columns I could get my hands on, so that helped me tremendously.

    My only issue with the list was the number of textbook-type stuff on there.
  4. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    That's a strong list ... I especially liked the Chicago-oriented books like "Boss," "Working" and the collection of Ben Hecht columns.

    Even though they're fiction, I might add a Steinbeck book to this list, such as Grapes of Wrath or Cannery Row. Very descriptive "reporting" on the lives of Californians in the Great Depression.
  5. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    I've read some, but certainly not all, of these. I've decided I'll be picking up "Prisoner Without a Name" very soon.
  6. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    My number's 34 . . . read 33 of 'em, and wrote one ("1001 Nights In Chicago"). And I'm a reading fool.
  7. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Anyone get shot?
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I'm going to go ahead and set the over/under on the number of books Riptide has read on the list at 1.
  9. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    This is great. My very own stalker.
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