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Apr 25, 2016

How Long-Form Journalist Kent Russell Writes: Part Two

Gonzo essayist and creative non-fiction author — Kent Russell — dropped by to chat about his hybrid reportage on the margins of society, and the process of a big city, freelance journalist.

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Mr. Russell’s critically lauded first collection — I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son — was recently re-released in paperback, and Vanity Fair called it, “A ludicrously smart, tragicomic man-on-the-edge memoir in essays.”

The acclaimed writer has been compared to David Foster Wallace by the New York Times Book Review, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, The New Republic, Harper’s, GQ, n+1, The Believer, and Grantland.

Join us for this two-part interview. If you missed the first half you can find it here.

In Part Two of the file Kent Russell and I discuss:

  • Why Procrastination is Just as Important as Writing
  • How to Break Away from Genre Constraints
  • Why a Generous Point of View Can Make You a Better Writer
  • The Joys and Tactile Sensations of Mechanical Keyboards
  • How to Tell the One Story that Only You Can Tell

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