Blurring Nonfiction and Fiction

Can You Trust What You Read?

"In this week's issue," he said, "a mistake in a piece got through into print."

To the editor at this time, William Shawn, this was utterly impermissible. Everyone who edited, fact-checked, or wrote for the magazine knew it. And we tried very hard not to be responsible for the building falling down.

This fear—and that's what it is—should become endemic in book publishing. Nonfiction should mean exactly that.

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