The Accidental Life - An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers-logo

The Accidental Life - An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers

Terry McDonell

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An Amazon Best Book of 2016 A celebration of the writing and editing life, as well as a look behind the scenes at some of the most influential magazines in America (and the writers who made them what they are). You might not know Terry McDonell, but you certainly know his work. Among the magazines he has top-edited: Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. In this revealing memoir, McDonell talks about what really happens when editors and writers work with deadlines ticking (or drinks on the bar). His stories about the people and personalities he's known are both heartbreaking and bitingly funny-playing "acid golf" with Hunter S. Thompson, practicing brinksmanship with David Carr and Steve Jobs, working the European fashion scene with Liz Tilberis, pitching TV pilots with Richard Price. Here, too, is an expert's practical advice on how to recruit-and keep-high-profile talent; what makes a compelling lede; how to grow online traffic that translates into dollars; and how, in whatever format, on whatever platform, a good editor really works, and what it takes to write well. Taking us from the raucous days of New Journalism to today's digital landscape, McDonell argues that the need for clear storytelling from trustworthy news sources has never been stronger. Says Jeffrey Eugenides: "Every time I run into Terry, I think how great it would be to have dinner with him. Hear about the writers he's known and edited over the years, what the magazine business was like back then, how it's changed and where it's going, inside info about Edward Abbey, Jim Harrison, Annie Proulx, old New York, and the Swimsuit issue. That dinner is this book."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jason Culp

Length:

11h 32m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:42


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:30


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:16


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:20


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:10


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:47


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:12


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:00


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:58


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:10


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:09


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:33


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:07


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:34


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:39


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:16


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:34


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:57


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:14


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:28


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:56


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:01


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:29


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:26


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:56


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:23


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:30


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:29


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:03


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:10


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:56


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:45


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:17


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:47


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:49


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:09


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:59


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:22


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:26


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:56


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:32


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:00


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:38


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:57


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:12


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:56


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:25


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:27


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:07


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:47


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:59


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:17


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

00:34