In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with New Yorker staff writer and The Lost City of Z author David Grann.
Author bios on glossy book jackets give the illusion that a writer climbed to the top of the literary profession in heroic, purpose-filled strides. Grann turned that creation myth upside down in an interview.
Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. In this 2010 interview, Grann discussed The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, and shared tips for aspiring long-form journalists–explaining how he ended up at one of America’s greatest magazines after years of work.