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Killed : great journalism too hot to print
Wallis, David.
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New York : Nation Books, [2004]

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xvii, 430 pages; 21 cm
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PN4726 .K55 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Killed resurrects remarkable articles that prestigious publications such as The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and Rolling Stone assigned to accomplished writers for sizeable fees, then discarded for reasons having nothing to do with their quality and everything to do with their potential for unwanted controversy, political incorrectness, or undue pressure from an advertiser. Read for the first time Mike Sager's profile of Palestinian militants involved in the intifada of 1987 that was killed by the Washington Post Magazine because his story did not side with Israel, and Ted Rall's essay on his deadbeat dad that was deemed too dark by the New York Times Magazine for its Father's Day issue. While the notion of a killed article is nothing new, the breakneck pace of media consolidation has raised the stakes for contrarian writers and readers as independent publishers dwindle. Killed arises out of this moment, bringing these outstanding pieces of censored journalism into the public arena for the first time. Some of the other contributors included are Rich Cohen, Daniel Asa Rose, Alec Wilkinson, Noam Chomsky, Douglas Rushkoff, Pat Jordan, Robert Fisk, Clive Thompson, Silvana Paternostro, Glenn O'Brien, Christopher Hitchens, Gore Vidal, and Luc Sante.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Editor Wallis calls this anthology "a kind of literary orphanage... that rescues remarkable stories that editors commissioned, then abandoned." Magazines drop articles for various reasons, but these selections were killed either because they might have attracted expensive lawsuits, or they offended a magazine's advertisers or editors. Since revealing such censorship is this collection's goal, a brief history and cause of death precedes each article. The collection begins with a 1942 book review by George Orwell (killed by the Observer), an early feminist piece (1958) by Betty Friedan killed by McCall's and a 1963 discourse by Terry Southern (killed by Esquire) on Doctor Strangelove. Then, the compilation moves forward into the past two decades. There are articles about health problems from smoking, bias in the coverage of Palestinian struggles and violations of child labor law-all reminders of the many articles on these subjects that haven't seen print. Most memorable, however, are the in-depth exposes, like Ann Louise Bardach's piece on Reverend Moon or Jon Entine's on Anita Roddick and the Body Shop. These articles not only provide solid, usable research on their subjects, but stand as models of investigative journalism. The volume as a whole reminds readers that even apparently "nonpolitical" magazines like GQ and Vanity Fair often censor writers to protect their bottom line. This is a provocative compilation for journalism students and fun reading for leftist intellectuals. Agent, Lisa Hyman. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Collected here are various periodical articles pulled from publication. Most are introduced by the author, who usually discusses possible reasons for an article's being killed. There are a few older pieces, including a George Orwell review from 1942 and an article written by Betty Friedan for McCall's in 1958 (its cancellation led her to write The Feminine Mystique). The rest date mostly from the mid-1980s to 2003. Some were pulled for controversial reasons, while others weren't the type of article published by the particular periodical. Many remain of current interest, including a discussion of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's ownership of the Washington Times and a review of Mitch Albom's current novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, originally scheduled to run in the newspaper for which he works. However interesting, the selection is eclectic and does not live up to the title, which hints at a pervasive censorship. Still, this book will be popular among fans of current events, especially in larger public libraries.-Joel W. Tscherne, Cleveland P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.