The New New Journalism
Robert S. Boynton
Ted Conover
Richard Ben Cramer
Leon Dash
William Finnegan
Jonathan Harr
Alex Kotlowitz
Jon Krakauer
Jane Kramer
William Langewiesche
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Michael Lewis
Susan Orlean
Richard Preston
Ron Rosenbaum
Eric Schlosser
Gay Talese
Calvin Trillin
Lawrence Weschler
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           Jane Kramer writes about two kinds of people: anonymous, marginal characters; and powerful politicians and businessmen who are at the center of their world. In both cases, Kramer's goal is the same: to explore the space between what's in their heads and what they say is in their heads. It is this talent for limning a character's inner reality, for rendering someone's subjective perceptions as well as their objective actions, that led Newsweek's James N. Baker to describe Kramer as "a writer who combines the skills of a social historian with those of a novelist."
           Kramer has split her forty years at The New Yorker between writing about America and Europe, alternatively leaving one and reintroducing herself to the other—a dialectic that keeps her perspective toward each fresh and open.
           Jane Kramer was born on August 7, 1938, in Providence, Rhode Island. She received a BA in English from Vassar College in 1959, and an MA in English from Columbia University.
           Her first journalism experience was at The Morningsider, which led to a job at the recently founded Village Voice. Her Village Voice writing caught New Yorker editor William Shawn's eye, and she became a staff writer in 1964.
           In the 1970s, Kramer began splitting her time between America and Europe, becoming The New Yorker's European correspondent in 1981. While Kramer wrote her share of articles about certifiably important events and powerful European leaders, she grew more fascinated with those who did not fit into the "new Europe," those who scratched out their lives—whether for economic or political reasons—in the nooks and crannies, the fault lines, of the continent.
           Kramer first reintroduced herself to America in 1977, with The Last Cowboy, a portrait of Henry Blanton, a twentieth-century man clinging desperately to the nineteenth-century American myth of the cowboy. In it, she posed questions she would revisit in Lone Patriot (2002). "What is downward mobility in America? How do you get from the immigrant who succeeds to the immigrant who fails?" The book won the 1981 American Book Award for best paperback nonfiction.
           Kramer wrote Whose Art Is It? (1994), which won a National Magazine Award, when she returned from living in Paris. It is the story of sculptor John Ahearn, a white artist receives a commission to create public sculpture for a neighborhood in the South Bronx. Kramer's questions—Who has the right to represent a community? What happens when one citizen's notion of celebration is another's notion of denigration?—are at the core of the debates over political correctness and multiculturalism.
           Kramer became interested in right-wing militias at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, when she was, once again, returning from a long stay in Europe.She conceives of Lone Patriot (2002) as taking up where The Last Cowboy left off. "How did we go from someone like my father, an immigrant who believed he could be whoever he wanted to be, to a West where the myths of entitlement are established, the sorrow deepens, and the possibility of reinvention diminishes? What do you do when you get to the end of the line, you've reached the other end of the continent and there is nowhere else to go?"



BOOKS

Lone Patriot: The Short Career of an American Militiaman, Random House, 2002
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The Politics of Memory: Looking for Germany in the New Germany, Random House, 1996
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Unter Deutschen, Tiamat (Berlin), 1996 buy
Whose Art Is It, Duke University Press, 1994
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Sonderbare Europäen, Die Anderen Bibliothek/Eichborn (Frankfurt), 1993
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Eine Amerikanerin in Berlin, Tiamat (Berlin), 1993
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Europeans, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1988
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Unsettling Europe, Random House, 1980
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The Last Cowboy, Harper & Row, 1977
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Honor to the Bride Like the Pigeon That Guards Its Grain Under the Clove Tree, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1970
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Allen Ginsberg in America, Random House, 1969
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Off Washington Square: A Reporter Looks at Greenwich Village, N.Y., Duell, Sloan & Pierce, 1963
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ARTICLES

Unless otherwise noted, all articles appeared in The New Yorker

"Good Greens Vegetarian cookbooks for carnivores.", The New Yorker, April 14, 2014

" Profiles Post-Modena Italy’s food is bound by tradition. Its most famous chef isn’t", The New Yorker, November 4, 2013

" An Unlikely Family Romance", The New York Review of Books, September 26, 2013

"A Fork of One's Own", The New Yorker, March 18, 2013

"Blog Post: Pope Francis the Reformer?", The New Yorker, March 14, 2013

"The Fight for Roe: Where Was I?", The New Yorker, January 22, 2013

"Talk of the Town: The Umami Project", The New Yorker, January 21, 2013

"Profile: The Philosopher Chef", The New Yorker, December 3, 2012

"Personal History: A Reporter at Odds", The New Yorker, July 23, 2012

"Talk of the Town: Dance LEsson", The New Yorker, April 23, 2012

"Why The Archbishop Said Goodbye", The New Yorker, March 26, 2012

"A Reporter at Large: The Food at Our Feet", The New Yorker, November 21, 2011

"Profiles: French Feminist Elisabeth Badinter", The New Yoker, July 25, 2011

"Department of Collecting: Art Stalker", The New Yorker, December 20, 2010

"Personal History: Down Under", The New Yorker, November 22, 2010

"Personal History: Pilgrim's Progress", The New Yorker, November 23, 2009

"Literary Lives: “Me, Myself, and I”", The New Yorker, September 7, 2009

"Profiles: The Hungry Travellers", The New Yorker, November 24, 2008

"Our Local Correspondents: The Petition", April 14, 2008

"Onward and Upward with the Arts: Experimental Journey", october 8, 2007

"Letter From Europe: Spice Routes", September 3 & 10, 2007

"Letter From Europe: Round One, The Battle For France", The New Yorker, April 23, 2007

"Letter From Europe: The Pope and Islam", The New Yorker, April 2, 2007

"Letter from Europe: Jamai Aboubakr", The New Yorker, October 16, 2006

"Letter From Europe: The Dutch Model", April 3, 2006

"Comment: Images", February 27, 2006

"Comment: Difference", November 21, 2005

"Letter From Europe: The Rise of Angela Merkel", September 12, 2005

"A Critic At Large: The Quest", September 5, 2005

"Letter From Europe: Painting the Town", June 27, 2005

"Comment: Holy Orders", May 2, 2005

"Letter from Europe: Blood Sport—How foxhunting became the most divisive issue in England", January 24 & 31, 2005

"Letter From Europe: Taking the Veil", November 22, 2004

"Letter from Europe: All He Surveys—Silvio Berlusconi’s monopoly on Italy", November 10, 2003

"Comment: This World", November 2, 2003

"Department of Remembering: Two From Berlin", October 27, 2003

"The Boards: Doing Yogi", September 15, 2003

"Letter from Europe: Opera Wars—How German should German music be?", August 20 & 27, 2003

"Personal History: The Reporter’s Kitchen—A recipe for writing", August 19 & 26, 2003

"Letter from Europe: Refugee—An Afghan woman who fled tyranny on her own", January 20, 2003

"Comment: Resentments", October 7, 2002

"A Reporter At Large: The Patriot", May 6, 2002

"Letter from Europe: Private Lives—Germany’s troubled war on terrorism", February 11, 2002

"Talk of the Town: Embracing the Euro", January 21, 2002

"Letter from Europe: The Carpentras Affair", November 6, 2000

"Portfolio by Saul Steinberg: Mission to China—The artist’s wartime adventures", July 10, 2000

"Letter from Europe: Liberty, Equality, Sorority—French women demand their share", May 29, 2000

"Essays on Heiner Müller", Grand Street, Fall 1999

"Letter from Europe: Living with Berlin—How do you rebuild a city that wants to settle its account with the past, but can’t decide what its future should be?", July 5, 1999

"Books: review of “Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris” by Ian Kershaw", March 8, 1999

"Letter from Europe: The Shock of the Old—An Umbrian town rebuilding after an earthquake weighs its past against its future", February 8, 1999

"Letter from Europe: The Once and Future Chancellor", September 14, 1998

"Interview with Brenda Milner", Grand Street, Fall 1997

"Annals of Accountability: Manna from Hell—Nazi gold, Holocaust accounts, and what the Swiss must finally confront", April 28 & March 5, 1997

"Personal History: The Invisible Woman", February 26 & March 4, 1996

"Comment: Francois Premier—The first ‘Mitterandist’ and the last", January 22, 1996

"Interview with Kip Thorne", Grand Street, Fall 1995

"Letter from Europe: The Politics of Memory", August 14, 1995

"A Reporter At Large: The Life of the Party", February 6, 1995

"Letter From Paris: The Impresario's Last Act", November 21, 1994

"Comment: Vox Populist", April 18, 1994,

"Letter from Europe: Dirty Hands", March 28, 1994

"Letter from Europe: Bad Blood", October 11, 1993

"Letter from Europe: Neo-Nazis—A chaos in the head", June 14, 1993

"In the South Bronx: Whose Art is it?", December 21, 1992

"Letter from Europe: Milan", September 21, 1992

"Letter From Europe", September 14, 1992

"Letter from Europe: Berlin", May 25, 1992

"Letter from Berlin", November 25, 1991

"The Chanel Obsession", Vogue, September 1991

"Letter from Europe", July 29, 1991

"Letter From Europe", March 18, 1991

"Letter from Europe: London", January 14, 1991

"Letter from Germany", June 18, 1990

"Letter from Europe", March 12, 1990

"Letter From Europe", January 1, 1990

"The Private Mary McCarthy: Unfinished with Life", International Herald Tribune, October 31, 1989

"Climbing Mount Manhattan", House & Garden, October 1989

"Gardens", House & Garden, September 1989

"Prisoners of Taste", House & Garden, July 1989

"Letter from Europe", May 1, 1989

"Letter from Europe: Paris", January 30, 1989

"Au Revoir Les Enfants", Vogue, January 1989

"Letter from Europe: West Berlin", November 28, 1988

"The Eighth Gothic Tale", New York Review of Books, July 17, 1988

"Letter from Europe", May 30, 1988

"Letter from Europe: Paris", April 25, 1988

"Le Grand Restaurant", House & Garden, (with Vincent Crapanzano, writing as John Bryce), March 1988

"Letter from Europe: Paris", February 22, 1988

"Letter from Europe: Lisbon", November 30, 1987

"Letter from Europe: Paris", October 12, 1987

"Rules of the Game", House & Garden, October 1987

"Letter from Europe: Paris", August 24, 1987

"Letter from Europe: Milan", June 8, 1987

"Letter from the Elysian Fields", March 2, 1987

"The French Christmas", House & Garden, December 1986

"Letter from Europe: Vienna", June 30, 1986

"Letter from Europe: Paris", May 19, 1986

"Letter from Europe: Paris", April 14, 1986

"Letter from Europe: Dreux", February 17, 1986

"The House at King’s Pool", House & Garden, February 1986

"Letter from Europe: Paris", October 21, 1985

"Letter from Europe: Paris", August 5, 1985

"Letter from Europe: Paris", June 24, 1985

"Letter from Europe: Paris", May 20, 1985

"Letter from Europe: London", April 5, 1985

"Letter from Europe: Paris", January 21, 1985

"Letter from Europe: Hamburg", November 26, 1984

"Letter from Europe: La stupidité de l’homme d’argent, quoique devenue quasi proverbiale, n’est cependant que relative", August 6, 1984

"Letter from Europe: Paris", May 14, 1984

"Milan Kundera", New York Times Book Review, April 29, 1984

"Review of The Return of Eva Peron by V.S. Naipaul", New York Times Book Review, April 13, 1984

"Letter from Europe: Paris", March 26, 1984

"Letter from West Germany", December 19, 1983

"Letter from Europe: Paris", October 31, 1983

"The Roots of French Cooking", House & Garden, October 1983

"Letter from Europe: Paris", September 5, 1983

"Letter from Europe: Paris", June 27, 1983

"Letter from Europe: Paris", May 16, 1983

"Letter from Europe: Paris", April 4, 1983

"Letter from Europe: Paris", February 28, 1983

"Letter from Europe: Paris", January 24, 1983

"Letter from Europe: Paris", December 20, 1982

"In the Garrison", New York Review of Books, December 2, 1982

"Fall of a House", New York Review of Books, December 2, 1982

"Letter from Europe: Paris", November 15, 1982

"Letter from Europe", September 13, 1982

"Letter from Europe: Paris", August 2, 1982

"Letter from Europe: Paris", June 28, 1982

"Letter from Europe: Paris", May 24, 1982

"Letter from Europe: Paris", April 5, 1982

"Letter from Europe: Paris", March 1, 1982

"Letter from Europe: Paris", January 18, 1982

"Letter from Europe", December 21, 1981

"A Reporter in Europe: West Berlin", December 7, 1981

"Letter from Europe: Paris", November 9, 1981

"A Reporter in Europe: London", May 11, 1981

"A Reporter in Europe: Zurich", December 15, 1980

"Profiles: The San Vincenzo Cell", September 24, 1979

"Moynihan’s Grief", New York Review of Books, May 3, 1979

"A Reporter in Europe: Paris", June 19, 1978

"A Reporter in Europe: Hamburg", March 20, 1978

"Review of The Franco Years by Jose Yglesias", New York Times Book Review, October 30, 1977

"A Reporter in Europe: Paris", July 4, 1977

"Profiles: Cowboy (II)", June 6, 1977

"Profiles: Cowboy (I)", May 30, 1977

"A Reporter in Europe: Rome", May 2, 1977

"A Reporter in Europe: Madrid", March 21, 1977

"Review of The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston", New York Times Book Review, November 7, 1976

"Review of Women of the Shadows by Anne Cornelisen", New York Times Book Review, April 4, 1976

"Profiles: The Invandrare", March 22, 1976

"A Reporter At Large: The Portuguese Revolution", December 15, 1975

"Review of The Gentle Tasaday by John Nance", New York Times Book Review, June 1, 1975

"Review of The Three Marias by Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta, and Maria Velho da Costa", New York Times Book Review, February 2, 1975

"Letter from Lisbon", September 23, 1974

"Letter from Guyana", September 16, 1974

"Profiles: The Ugandan Asians", April 8, 1974

"Profiles: The Pieds Noirs", November 25, 1972

"Department of Amplification: Ireland", April 15, 1972

"Letter from Ireland", February 19, 1972

"Profiles: Founding Cadre", November 28, 1970

"A Reporter At Large: Honor to the Bride (III)", September 12, 1970

"A Reporter At Large: Honor to the Bride (II)", September 5, 1970

"A Reporter At Large: Honor to the Bride (I)", August 29, 1970

"Letter from Dublin", July 25, 1970

"A World of Saints and She-Demons", New York Times Magazine, (with Vincent Crapanzano), June 22, 1969

"Profiles: Pater Familias (II)", August 24, 1968

"Profiles: Pater Familias (I)", August 17, 1968

"Profiles: Man Who is Happening Now", November 26, 1966

"A Reporter At Large: The Skin Game", April 2, 1966



Interviews and Reviews

Jane Kramer talks with Blake Eskin about her kitchen in Italy and eating with the cookbook author Claudia Roden The New Yorker Out Loud, September 3, 3007

Greenman, Ben, “Q&A: Beneath the Veil,” New Yorker Online, November 16, 2004

Smith, Carey, “A Talk with Jane Kramer,” Collision Literary Magazine, (University of Pittsburgh), Volume 1, Issue 1

Review: Lone Patriot, Sharlet, Jeff, “Drunk on the American Dream,” Forward, July 12, 2002

“Jane Kramer: Lone Patriot,” The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU (American University Radio), June 13, 2002

“Europe Leans Right,” Morning Edition, NPR, April 26, 2002



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