Bryan Burrough: “In the post-Barbarians period I had to make a deal with myself. I didn’t need to be John Grisham.”

Starting out in the trade, rookie business reporters are often, as I was, given two books to read to learn about the so-called culture of Wall Street, its idiom and its preoccupations, as well as how a writer might go about animating a world that is seemingly devoid of action, a world whose drama unfolds in the clashing of egos, the slamming of phones, and the movement of money from one rich person to another rich person, the boardroom powwows and brow-furrowing punctuated by steak dinners and chauffeured car rides back to Westchester. Do this deal NOW or there’s no economy on Monday!!

Both books were published between 1989 and 1990, and both were authored by very young writers who would both go on to write many more books, as well as many magazine stories for Vanity Fair. MORE»

Every once in a rare while you get a perfect pairing. Like when Steve Martin sits down with David Letterman. We feel we’re watching old friends luxuriate in rich memories and inside jokes, a bemused volley between ... MORE»
It’s been said often — and was said again by Bill Keller in Sunday’s NYT Book Review — that Christopher Hitchens, the literary provocateur, writes faster than many people read. Hitchens’ out... MORE»
I could be missing something, but in my recollection it’s been rare — and this is strange, given the media’s propensity to cover itself — that long-form journalists chronicle the publishing indust... MORE»
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