Beyond the main events of history, beyond celebrity and true crime, there are amazing stories–necessary stories–all around us. Bestselling author and magazine journalist Jeff Sharlet on returning to the roots of the documentary impulse to re-imagine narrative nonfiction as a means of seeing the mundane made both beautiful and strange.
Jeff Sharlet is the New York Times bestselling author and editor of seven books of literary journalism, including The Family and C Street, adapted into a Netflix documentary series. His most recent book, This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers, combining photography and prose, builds on his National Magazine Award-winning story for GQ, “Inside the Iron Closet.” His other books include Sweet Heaven When I Die, Killing the Buddha, Believer, Beware, and Radiant Truths. Sharlet is associate professor of literary journalism and English at Dartmouth College and a contributing editor or contributor to magazines such as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s, VQR and others. Far-right pundit Ann Coulter has named him one of the stupidest journalists in America.