Making Words Dance: Reflections on Red Smith, Journalism, and Writing

Making Words Dance: Reflections on Red Smith, Journalism, and Writing

by Robert Schmuhl, Terence Smith

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Making Words Dance: Perspectives on Red Smith, Journalism, and Writing is a timely and timeless collection of lectures examining both the writer's art and the role of journalism in American culture.

Making Words Dance features lectures by fifteen of the country's most respected journalists and writers, given as part of the lecture series at the University of Notre Dame honoring award-winning columnist Red Smith. Edited by Robert Schmuhl, director of the Red Smith Lecture in Journalism since its inception in 1983, the collection offers assessments of the news business and writing by Ted Koppel, Frank McCourt, Jim Lehrer, Judy Woodruff, David Remnick, and James Reston, among others. Notably, the book also includes the final lecture on journalism given by Tim Russert before his untimely death in 2008.

The collected lectures are complemented by sixteen articles and columns by Smith, a stylist and reporter whose writing always danced and taught lessons about the craft. Both an entertaining tutorial on the writer's art and an incisive commentary on the state of contemporary media, Making Words Dance is a fitting celebration of the life and work of one of American journalism's most notable figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449400255
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Robert Schmuhl holds the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He is the director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics & Democracy, also at Notre Dame, and the author or editor of ten other books.

Terence Smith, Red Smith's son and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, is an award-winning journalist who has been a reporter, a foreign correspondent, and an editor for the New York Times, CBS News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, National Public Radio, and a variety of Web sites.


Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: Rare Red Smith Robert Schmuhl xv

Prologue: Remembering Red Terence Smith xxxi

James Reston 2

Sports and Politics 3

"When I Was an Athlete" Red Smith 12

Murray Kempton, Max Lerner 16

Finding an Authentic Voice Murray Kempton 17

A Response and Some Reflections Max Lerner 29

The Discussion Period Murray Kempton Max Lerner 32

"Harry Truman Returns" Red Smith 41

James J. Kilpatrick 43

The Art of the Craft 44

Questions and Answers 52

"And a Grasp of Millionaires" Red Smith 59

Charles Kuralt 61

The View from the Road 62

Questions and Answers 72

"Person to Person" Red Smith 82

Dave Kindred Bob Hammel Jane Leavy 86

90 Feet Is Perfection Dave Kindred 88

A Response Bob Hammel 98

Sportswriting: A Woman's View Jane Leavy 103

"The Babe Was Always a Boy-One of a Kind" Red Smith 109

Eugene L. Roberts 117

Writing for the Reader 118

Questions and Answers 125

"Good, Clean Fun" Red Smith 134

Georgie Anne Geyer 137

Who Killed the Foreign Correspondent? 138

Questions and Answers 151

"Red Trotsky Talks to Red Smith" Red Smith 159

David Remnick 163

How Muhammad Ali Changed the Press 164

Questions and Answers 177

"I'm the Greatest" Red Smith 181

Ted Koppel 184

Journalism: It's as Easy as ABC 185

Questions and Answers 194

"After Fifty Years" Red Smith 206

Jim Lehrer 208

Returning to Our Roots 209

Questions and Answers 215

"Young Man with Flyrod" Red Smith 224

"A Mighty Angler Before the Lord" Red Smith 226

Frank McCourt 228

From Copybook to Computer: What You Write on and How You Do It 229

"Jim Thurber" Red Smith 239

Ken Auletta 41

Whom Do Journalists Work For? 42

"A Very Pious Story" Red Smith 257

Judy Woodruff 259

Are Journalists Obsolete? 260

Questions and Answers 269

"Miracle of Coogan's Bluff" Red Smith 278

Tim Russert 281

When Politicians Meet the Press 282

"Writing Less-and Better?" Red Smith 293

Acknowledgments 295

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