After the Tall Timber.pdf

After the Tall Timber.pdf


For decades, Renata Adler’s writing has upheld and defined the highest standards of investigative journalism. A staff writer at The New Yorker from 1963 to 2001, Adler has reported on civil rights from Selma, Alabama; on the war in Biafra, the Six-Day War, and the Vietnam War; on the Nixon impeachment inquiry and Congress. She has also written about cultural matters, films (as chief film critic for The New York Times), books, politics, and pop music. Like many journalists, she has put herself in harm’s way in order to give us the news, not the “news” we have become accustomed to—celebrity journalism, conventional wisdom, received ideas—but the actual story, an account unfettered by ideology or consensus. The peril that Adler places herself in comes specifically from speaking up (on the basis of careful research, common sense, original thought) when too many other writers have joined the pack. In this most basic and moral sense, Adler is one of the few independent journalists writing in America today.
This collection of Adler’s nonfiction draws on her early essays, reporting, and criticism, which describe the major crises and hopeful turmoil of the 1960s, and more recent pieces concerned with, in her words, “misrepresentation, coercion, and abuse of public process, and the journalist’s role in it.” Also included are writings on film, television, and music, and several uncollected essays on Jayson Blair and the Times, and the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore. Adler has written a new introduction that provides an invaluable and long-overdue assessment of our culture today from one of its foremost chroniclers.

“She is one of the most brilliant—that is, vivid, intense, astute, and penetrating—essayists in contemporary letters, and most contrarian: much of what you think she will passionately undo.” —Michael Wolff, The Guardian
“Fiercely argued, sharp-witted...Adler, whose writing for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Harper’s, and Vanity Fair has enlightened and enraged so many, is just whom we need for some perspective on our strange new world.” —Daily News
“Acutely reasoned to the point of wittiness, and occasionally outright funny...[Adler] most visibly dramatizes...the contest of a single reasonable mind against the brute forces of institutional behavior.”—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
“An observer of acute intelligence and discriminating sensibility.” —Encounter
“Nobody writes better prose than Renata Adler.” —John Leonard, Vanity Fair

Renata Adler was born in Milan and raised in Connecticut. She received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr, an M.A. from Harvard, a D.d’E.S. from the Sorbonne, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an LL.D. (honorary) from Georgetown. Adler became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1963 and, except for a year as the chief film critic of The New York Times, remained at The New Yorker for the next four decades. Her books include A Year in the Dark (1969); Toward a Radical Middle (1970); Reckless Disregard: Westmoreland v. CBS et al., Sharon v. Time (1986); Canaries in the Mineshaft (2001); Gone: The Last Days of The New Yorker (1999); Irreparable Harm: The U.S. Supreme Court and The Decision That Made George W. Bush President (2004); and the novels Speedboat (1976; winner of the Ernest Hemingway Award for Best First Novel) and Pitch Dark (1983).

Michael Wolff is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a columnist for the Guardian, USA Today, and British GQ, is one of the most prominent journalists and pundits in the nation. He has written numerous best-selling books, including The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch, Burn Rate, and Autumn of the Moguls. He appears often on the lecture circuit, and is a frequent guest on network and cable news show

After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction
by Renata Adler
Contents (Not Final)
Preface by Michael Wolff  vii
Author’s Introduction  viii
Toward a Radical Middle, Introduction  3
The March for Non-Violence from Selma   15
Fly Trans-Love Airways   44
Letter from the Six-Day War                                      66
The Black Power March in Mississippi    81
Radicalism in Debacle: The Palmer House   94
G. Gordon Liddy in America   116
But Ohio. Well, I Guess That’s One State Where They Elect to Lock and Load: The National Guard  172
Letter from Biafra  205
A Year in the Dark, Introduction   246
On Violence: Film Always Argues Yes   260
House Critic   263
The Justices and the Journalists   289
The Extreme Nominee  301
Canaries in the Mineshaft, Introduction  313
Searching for the Real Nixon Scandal  350
Decoding the Starr Report   392
A Court of No Appeal  427
Irreparable Harm  465
The Porch Overlooks No Such Thing  484


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