Over the years, I’ve been inspired by many great journalists. But my first inspiration was probably Lillian Ross, who died recently at the age of 99. According to a piece in The New Yorker (where Ross was a staff writer since 1945), “her 1950 Profile of Ernest Hemingway was written like a short story, and her five-part article about the director John Huston and the making of “The Red Badge of Courage,” published in 1952, set a new standard in magazine writing for inventiveness and literary verve…The finest reporters, she once said, are ‘truth tellers,’ and her work perfectly exemplified that standard.”
On this holiday weekend, if you’re looking for some great reading, click on Ross’ photo above for a list of her New Yorker columns (several written in her 90s). Have a great holiday everyone!
With warm regards,