Issue 16 / 2001


16 / The Line Between Fact and Fiction

Featuring Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz, a profile of Gay Talese, and journalist Roy Peter Clark.

This issue explores the methods in which nonfiction writers utilize the fiction writer’s toolbox without crossing the blurry divide between reality and imagination. As journalist Roy Peter Clark writes in the titular essay, “Subjectivity and selectivity are necessary and inevitable in journalism.  If you gather ten facts but wind up using nine, subjectivity sets in.”

Also in Creative Nonfiction #16: Debra Gwartney hunts for her runaway teenage daughter; Jesse L. Traschen transforms from professional dancer to businessman; Dov Siporinand navigates the psychological perils of slaughterhouse work; Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz discusses inaccuracy, prejudices and truth; and Barbara Lounsberry interviews Gay Talese.


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