September 27, 2003

If You Read Just One Articl...

If You Read Just One Article About the Recall...: Make it this one, by Michael Lewis, who is making a funny habit of stomping me silly on the few topics I know decently well.

Posted by at September 27, 2003 05:47 PM
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Wow, that is just a terrific piece of writing / journalism. You're right: it's actually interesting, even though I've long quit caring about the stupid recall and all the stupid clown-frauds who actually care about it. Lewis shows that this is actually a human story, about 135 humans and thousands more who came close to running, because they all believed they could do better than the hated-by-everyone Davis and the creepy, can't-ever-win GOP loyalists and that spooky Austrian freak. Wow ... there really was a story to tell, after all. Lewis is damned good, ain't he?

Posted by: Ken Layne at September 27, 2003 10:23 PM

In a way, Lewis's piece was what I was trying to get at when I interviewed Georgy Russell -- the truly human stuff. But of course, Lewis is a far superior writer to me. What a friggin' stud: he puts out arguably the best baseball book of this generation, then follows it up with this brilliant piece of politics-related writing. Role model....

Posted by: Robert Tagorda at September 27, 2003 11:52 PM

I originally thought it was a great article, then after a while, it seemed sort of lame. Matt, don't give up your day job.

Posted by: Bob at September 28, 2003 12:04 AM

Lewis is damned good because he is terrific on both sides of the journalistic brain -- he's a outstanding writer with a natural narrative force, and he's an outstanding reporter with a distinctive eye for detail. Not too many journalists have the total package -- good writers generally underreport, trusting their facility with words will carry the day; good reporters often over-lard their stories with extraneous facts that stultify the narrative. Good journalists find a comfortable balance between the two. Great journalists excel at both. Lewis is a great journalist -- who, perhaps instructively, never trained as such. Thank God he didn't go to J-school where they would have sucked the marrow out of his talent.

Posted by: Edwin at September 29, 2003 06:56 AM

Great stuff! And reluctant props to NYT. Perfect combo of interest & observation with bemused detachment and respect for his subjects. Of course I'm only halfway thru. Love the neighbor's take on Gray.

Posted by: Lloyd at September 29, 2003 10:45 AM

Props to the NYT for running it, but not for the content -- that was all freelance, by the power couple Michael Lewis (reporting and writing) and Tabitha Soren (photos). Soren, you may recall, is a former first co-anchor of MTV News.

Posted by: Kurt at September 29, 2003 04:30 PM
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m/2003_09_21_boomshock_archive.html#106471178098265108">Georgy Russell -- the truly human stuff. But of course, Lewis is a far superior writer to me. What a friggin' stud: he puts out arguably the best baseball book of this generation, then follows it up with this brilliant piece of politics-related writing. Role model....

Posted by: Robert Tagorda at September 27, 2003 11:52 PM

I originally thought it was a great article, then after a while, it seemed sort of lame. Matt, don't give up your day job.

Posted by: Bob at September 28, 2003 12:04 AM

Lewis is damned good because he is terrific on both sides of the journalistic brain -- he's a outstanding writer with a natural narrative force, and he's an outstanding reporter with a distinctive eye for detail. Not too many journalists have the total package -- good writers generally underreport, trusting their facility with words will carry the day; good reporters often over-lard their stories with extraneous facts that stultify the narrative. Good journalists find a comfortable balance between the two. Great journalists excel at both. Lewis is a great journalist -- who, perhaps instructively, never trained as such. Thank God he didn't go to J-school where they would have sucked the marrow out of his talent.

Posted by: Edwin at September 29, 2003 06:56 AM

Great stuff! And reluctant props to NYT. Perfect combo of interest & observation cts that stultify the narrative. Good journalists find a comfortable balance between the two. Great journalists excel at both. Lewis is a great journalist -- who, perhaps instructively, never trained as such. Thank God he didn't go to J-school where they would have sucked the marrow out of his talent.

Posted by: Edwin at September 29, 2003 06:56 AM

Great stuff! And reluctant props to NYT. Perfect combo of interest & observation with bemused detachment and respect for his subjects. Of course I'm only halfway thru. Love the neighbor's take on Gray.

Posted by: Lloyd at September 29, 2003 10:45 AM

Props to the NYT for running it, but not for the content -- that was all freelance, by the power couple Michael Lewis (reporting and writing) and Tabitha Soren (photos). Soren, you may recall, is a former first co-anchor of MTV News.

Posted by: Kurt at September 29, 2003 04:30 PM
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