February Book Club Selection: The Journalist and the Murderer

the-journalist-and-the-murderer-1Our February News Nerd Book Club selection is The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm.

From the description on Amazon:

A seminal work and examination of the psychopathology of journalism. Using a strange and unprecedented lawsuit as her larger-than-life example — the lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, against Joe McGinniss, the author of Fatal Vision, a book about the crime — she delves into the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject. In Malcolm's view, neither journalist nor subject can avoid the moral impasse that is built into the journalistic situation. When the text first appeared, as a two-part article in The New Yorker, its thesis seemed so radical and its irony so pitiless that journalists across the country reacted as if stung.

The referenced New Yorker article can be found here.

We'll be meeting via Zoom video call at 1 pm ET on Wednesday, February 15.

Here's the call link or you can join by phone at (408) 638-0968, meeting ID: 260 181 890.

Hope to see you in a few weeks!