Monday, February 16, 2009

Ask Dan Barry for writing tips!

Dan Barry, columnist for the NY Times national desk, is answering questions from readers Feb. 16-20, 2009. Questions may be e-mailed to

If you've been in my class, you know I'm a big Dan fan. He writes the "This Land" column and also wrote a memoir called Pull Me Up.

How can you resist a book with a chapter about getting on the school bus that starts with the words "Listen, you little fuck."

The paperback version of his collection of NYC columns, City Lights, comes out in March, I'm told.

Ask him what kind of telling detail he looks for when reporting.

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