Friday, July 25, 2014. Last Update: Fri 11:02 AM EST

Second Read

Punk’s Prophet

Greil Marcus’s seminal work Ranters and Crowd Pleasers: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-92

iscounting cash-in reunions, studio sessions with bank robber Ronnie Biggs, and the like, The Sex Pistols last played in... More

The Paper Chase

For tabloid king Emile Gauvreau, it took a lifetime to slow down

ears later, when he recounted the events that would lead to his becoming the most sensational, shameless, ambitious, and... More

Not for Laughs

A pathbreaking look at the dark comic genius behind “Skippy”

ll cartoonists are geniuses,” wrote John Updike in his introduction to a collection of cartoons by Arnold Roth, a... More

Her Great Depression

Re-reading Betty MacDonald’s Anybody Can Do Anything, on the Northwest’s bust years

rom the time I was nine or ten, I carried a spiral-bound Mead notebook with me at all times. I... More

The Devil’s Football

H. L. Mencken airs his unexpurgated Prejudices

s we all know, serious criticism of the arts is leaving the pages of mainstream newspapers and magazines. Shrinking under... More

What It Was Like

Dispatches told why kids from Ohio came back so ‘eerily old’

n the fall of 1978, I was racing through Kent State University’s campus bookstore when a thin book, propped in... More

The Ordinary Jungle

A not-so-awed explorer who was unafraid to say so

n April 1925, a fifty-seven-year-old British explorer named Percy Harrison Fawcett trooped into the Brazilian jungle for the last time.... More

The Reporter Whom Time Forgot

How Cornelius Ryan’s The Longest Day changed journalism

n 1957, an expatriate Irish newspaperman struggling to make a buck after his most recent employer went under began making... More

What Happened Here?

Joan Didion’s forty-year-old cautionary tale still fits America

t was my mother, of all people, who introduced me to Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem. This was in the... More

The Hack

The journalistic education of Gabriel García Márquez

n 1955, eight crew members of a Colombian naval destroyer in the Caribbean were swept overboard by a giant wave.... More

A Failure of Skepticism

Stolen Valor and the effort to expose bogus battlefield heroics

wo years ago, a weekly paper in suburban Chicago profiled an elderly character who had been asked to lead the... More

Of Heroes and Humans

Jim Brosnan wrote about himself, and sports writing evolved

ed Smith, who wrote as well as anyone about athletes and the games they play, called the sports section the... More

‘The Greatest Liar’

Is Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year a work of journalism?

I first read Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year on a train from Boston to New York. That’s... More

Dead Reckoning

Manchester’s flawed, essential chronicle of the JFK assassination

The first printing of William Manchester’s The Death of a President ran to a half million copies and reached stores... More

Citizen Mailer

In his finest work, Norman Mailer applied subjective journalism to the powerful, and to himself

arly in Norman Mailer’s The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History, the poet Robert... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.