As someone with a degree in journalism I found James Atlas’ piece from 1991 very intriguing since big names in writing like Robert Caro and Janet Malcolm were mentioned and of course, Kitty Kelley. Those interviewed by journalists often complain their quote “was taken out of context” which in a way is what this entire article is saying. Is accurate quotation and “truth” possible? Malcolm thinks the truth is an illusion. It’s all about the narrative surrounding the information presented–none of us was actually there when the conversation took place except the journalist and interviewee. In the end what sources of information do we trust? It is earned according to this piece and we trust certain voices over others. One of my favorite quotes from the article “when we talk with somebody, we are not aware of the language we are speaking.” That set against the asssertion from Malcolm that a transcript of an interview is kind of a rough draft of expression. In other words the journalist is creating a “scene” around the actual facts. Some writers do it better than others and we come to trust their storytelling. William C.