Stand back, I’m gonna explode with praise. But first, a plug: If you live in Washington, go see David Finkel read from The Good Soliders tomorrow night (Monday, Oct. 5) at Politics & Prose. Now for the praise explosion, really just a mash note:
If you’ve ever been a feature writer at a newspaper in the last 10 or 20 years, then you’ve probably spent some time wishing you could report and write like David Finkel. I suffered a strong case of Finkel fever back in the early to mid 1990s, when he was writing for The Washington Post Magazine. His articles about Rush Limbaugh “dittoheads” and another about how one suburban family watched television still stick with me; I can tell you right where I have photocopies of those pieces.