John Avlon is passionate about newspaper columns. He should be: he’s a columnist himself. But with newspapers on the wane, Avlon was worried that the best examples of his craft could be forgotten. So he and some friends have collected the best reported columns from America’s newspapers in a series of books. Deadline Artists showcases short stories that actually happened, written with the urgency of news and the precision of poetry. Avlon joins us on Wednesday to explore the art of great newspaper writing and where it might be headed.
John Avlon is senior columnist for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America. Along with Jesse Angelo and Errol Louis, he edited the collections Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns and Deadline Artists: Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs, which was recently released.