Reporting Always

Writings from The New Yorker

Reporting Always

Foreword by: David Remnick
From the inimitable veteran New Yorker journalist Lillian Ross—a stunning collection of Ross’s iconic New Yorker pieces.

A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1945, Lillian Ross is one of the few journalists who worked for both the magazine’s founding editor, Harold Ross, and its current editor, David Remnick. Ross invented the entertainment profile. She was the first person to write journalism in “scenes” as novelists do, and her profiles are full of humor and details that bring her subjects alive on the page. Her style has been studied and imitated by numerous writers. But there is only one Lillian Ross: spirited, funny, factual, and unforgettable.

Reporting Always collects a wide range of Lillian Ross’s New Yorker articles and “Talk of the Town” pieces spanning sixty years, bringing readers into Robin Williams’s living room; Harry Winston’s office; the afterschool hangouts of Manhattan private-school children; the hotel rooms of Ernest Hemingway, John Huston, and Charlie Chaplin; onto the tennis court with John McEnroe; and into the lives of many other famous and not-so-famous characters. Ross’s portraits are filled with rich details that reveal her subjects in amusing and perceptive ways.

A foreword by David Remnick discusses Ross’s trademark style and her important place in the history of The New Yorker.
  • Scribner | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501116001 | 
  • October 2015
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Lillian Ross

Lillian Ross is an American journalist and author who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1945. She began as a “Talk of the Town” reporter and, over the course of her career, she has written hundreds of pieces, contributing to nearly every section of the magazine.

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