Once in a while, a book comes along where journalists drop their pretensions to objectivity, let down their guard and tell the stories as they are. The latest number of Contemporary Essays is just that: an extraordinarily rich collection of contemporary writing by six journalists and two other writers.
These are sensitive beings who write with passion, truthfulness and humility. As a journalist myself, I believe strongly that this tribe has the capacity and the opportunity to be among the best reflectors and recordists of our times. The problem is that we do not make the time to take a few steps backwards from our daily frenetic existence to survey the melee.
Time and distance make a huge difference to our perceptions of today, of the future and of reality. It makes us more sensitive to the way others think, speak and live, forces us to consider issues that are so important to them and, perhaps, even share that concern.
There are eight essays in this slim and well-produced collection. It is the third in a series which HarperCollins calls "experiments in...