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Author Archive: "Christopher Bonanos"

Slowing Down to Write about Instant Pictures

I think almost every magazine writer has a little bit of book envy. I get plenty of satisfaction out of my job — I work at New York magazine, where I write and edit stories about culture and urban affairs — and I don't feel unfulfilled by it. (Although around hour 11 of a 12-hour deadline day, I might tell you otherwise.) Yet when you work on a weekly magazine, unless you're a top columnist or feature writer, about the biggest play you can hope for, in this diminished time for print, is that a story gets aloft online and goes viral. Once in a blue moon, a feature will blow up big and become a book or even a feature film. The two best to come out of New York magazine are Saturday Night Fever and GoodFellas, both of which, I think it's fair to say, are pretty damn good. But that's really like hitting the lotto: you can't expect it ever to happen to you, and if it does, well, great — you get to buy a beach house.

My colleagues who've written books do not have ...

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