After the Tall Timber

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After the Tall Timber

Collected Nonfiction

By Renata Adler; Michael Wolff (Preface by)

New York Review of Books, Hardcover, 9781590178799, 528pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2015

Description
What is really going on here? For decades Renata Adler has been asking and answering this question with unmatched urgency. In her essays and long-form journalism, she has captured the cultural zeitgeist, distrusted the accepted wisdom, and written stories that would otherwise go untold. As a staff writer at "The New Yorker" from 1963 to 2001, Adler 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; on cultural life in Cuba. She has also written about cultural matters in the United States, films (as chief film critic for "The New York Times"), books, politics, television, 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. She has been unafraid to speak up when too many other writers have joined the pack. In thissense, Adler is one of the few independent journalists writing in America today.
This collection of Adler's nonfiction draws on "Toward a Radical Middle" (a selection of her earliest New Yorker pieces), "A Year in the Dark" (her film reviews), and "Canaries in the Mineshaft" (a selection of essays on politics and media), and also includes uncollected work from the past two decades. The more recent pieces are concerned with, in her words, misrepresentation, coercion, and abuse of public process, and, to a degree, the journalist's role in it. With a brilliant literary and legal mind, Adler parses power by analyzing language: the language of courts, of journalists, of political figures, of the man on the street. In doing so, she unravels the tangled narratives that pass for the resolution of scandal and finds the threads that others miss, the ones that explain what really is going on here from the Watergate scandal, to the preposterous Kenneth Starr report submitted to the House during the Clinton impeachment inquiry, to the plagiarism and fabrication scandal of the former "New York Times" reporter Jayson Blair. And she writes extensively about the Supreme Court and the power of its rulings, including its fateful decision in Bush v. Gore.


About the Author
Renata Adler has had an unrivaled career as a reporter, novelist, and short story writer; intellectual gadfly; and "New Yorker" staffer. Educated at Bryn Mawr, Harvard, the Sorbonne, and Yale Law School, she has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, and the film critic of "The New York Times." The author of prize-winning short stories, a prize-winning novel "(Speedboat), " a number of other highly praised books, and countless admired and controversial articles for "The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, New Republic, " and other publications, she lives in New York.

Michael Wolff is the author of Burn Rate and The Man Who Owns the News, among other acclaimed books. He has written about the intersection of media, technology, and business for more than 25 years, for many outlets including Vanity Fair, USA Today, New York Magazine, the Guardian, Adweek, and Newser.