Monday, June 09, 2008

Three Good Reads

A meditation on the meaning of Cary Grant and his impeccable duds, from the venerable British literary journal Granta. A Fortune Magazine profile of Pepsi's path-breaking CEO, an Indian-born female. A nice overview of Chicago's civic greatness, in Fast Company, by a truly great writer, Alex Kotlowitz. It instantly reminded me why I've never quite recovered from moving away from the Windy City. And, because we're in a generous mood (and because we've come across such an abundance of great reading lately), here's a bonus: this fascinating look at the Colorado River's crisis, from a magazine associated with the Natural Resources Defense Council. To review earlier versions of Three Good Reads, go here.

4 Comments:

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Don Iannone said...

John: How are you? Lunch sometime later this month??????

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Yes, indeed, Don. I'll buzz you shortly to schedule it. Looking forward to seeing you, amigo.

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger Maria said...

Alex Kotlowitz was among the speakers I heard one and a half times at the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism in March. I liked his emphasis on empathy. I think it's implicit in good interviewing and really helpful in the collaborative work of writing. Doesn't hurt in striving to live a kind life, either.

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Maria, how wonderful. Alex K. performed one of the most heroic reporting feats of empathy in the last 20 years in gathering his book on the Chicago housing projects, There Are No Children. He made you feel in a visceral way what it's like to be a poor kid living in that daily bullet-dodging environment.

 

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