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Friday, January 25, 2019

Thornton P. Knowles On Janet Malcom

Janet Malcom is my favorite journalist. I like her because she is honest about herself and her profession. Very few journalists are honest about anything. For example, in comparing novelists to journalists, Malcom wrote: "The dominant and most deep-dyed trait of the journalist is his timorousness [timidity]. Where the novelist fearlessly plunges into the water of self-exposure, the journalist stands trembling on the shore in his beach robe. Not for him the strenuous  athleticism--which is the novelist's daily task--of laying out his deepest griefs and shames before the world. The journalist confines himself to the clean, gentlemanly work of exposing the griefs and shames of others." Amen to that!

Thornton P. Knowles

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