In this weekend’s Sunday Book Review, there is a fun, brief item from John Williams. Echoing the general theme of David Carr’s latest column, he asked Carr as well as Ravi Somaiya, Jonathan Mahler and Peter Lattman to highlight their favorite books about journalism.
The most intriguing comment comes from Lattman. Like Mahler, he chose a work of fiction rather than non-fiction, but not for the reasons you might assume:
Lattman selected The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, about a “dying English-language newspaper in Rome. This debut novel from 2010 does a better job of capturing a newsroom and its characters than any non-fiction book I’ve read.”
Wow, that’s saying something. We’ve added this one to our summer reading list. Meanwhile, Carr’s answer to Williams’ question, though unconventional, is also a must-read. It involves 9/11 and a well-worn copy of a newsroom staple.