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About violinist Joshua Bell which originally began as a stunt What would happen if you put a world class musician outside a Washington DC subway station to play for spare change Would anyone even notice The answer was no Weingarten’s story went viral becoming a widely referenced lesson about life lived. I d read most of these essays in this book already many when they were originally published But something about having them collected this way feels satisfying I aim to become a writer of this caliber one day If I get even a tenth of the way there I ll consider the effort a success

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The Fiddler in the Subway

Too uickly Other classic stories the one about “The Great Zucchini” a wildly popular but personally flawed children’s entertainer; the search for the official “Armpit of America”; a profile of the typical American nonvoter all of them reveal as much about their readers as they do their subjects. A collection of stories previously published in the Washington Post Some wonderful some just okay and others so haunting that they will stay with you long after you closed the book

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GENE WEINGARTEN IS THE O HENRY OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM Simply the best storyteller around Weingarten describes the world as you think it is before revealing how it actually is in narratives that are by turns hilarious heartwarming and provocative but always memorable Millions of people know the title piece. I would recommend this book to anybody who reads I would recommend this book to anybody who writes and publishes or secretly writes or doesn t write but wants to or who is learning to tell stories I would recommend this book to people who don t read and would rather be playing video games or watching a ball game while gulping Bud LightI would recommend this for a beach read because there are lots of brilliant short pieces that alternate with long feature articles moving and funny and totally unexpected knock the breath out you heartbreakersI would recommend this book for an education on indigenous cultures politics terrorism and travel And I would recommend this to people who prefer stories about human nature to two dimensional relationship stories but even if you like the flat stuff I d bet money you ll like this tooI would recommend this to people like me who love the craft and mechanics of writing and want to see a master at work I love shop talk but if you are a person who doesn t like seeing behind the curtain of how good writing happens just skip the book s introductionIn short I would recommend this book to all human beings with one caveat the writing is so good it may ruin you for anything lessHere is a video of violinist Joshua Bell playing Bach s Chaconne the piece he played in the famous subway performance that is the title of this collection It seems fitting to add this virtuoso performance to a review of a virtuoso writer The feature Fiddler in the Subway won a Pulitzer So did the feature A Fatal Distraction


10 thoughts on “The Fiddler in the Subway

  1. says:

    I would recommend this book to anybody who reads I would recommend this book to anybody who writes and publishes or secretly writes or doesn’t write but wants to or who is learning to tell stories I would recommend this book to people who don’t read and would rather be playing video games or watching a ball game while gulping Bud LightI would recommend this for a beach read because there are lots of brilliant short

  2. says:

    I think this Gene Weingarten guy shows a lot of promise

  3. says:

    What happens when you pick up the last book you will ever read? When the writing is so good that it will ruin everything else for you? Gene Wei

  4. says:

    The author starts his book by explaining what makes good writing How pompous of him I thought to think he is worthy of proposing a definition He then went on to claim that he himself is a good writer Though I imag

  5. says:

    I'd read most of these essays in this book already many when they were originally published But something about having them collected this way feels satisfying I aim to become a writer of this caliber one day If I get even a tenth of the way there I'll consider the effort a success

  6. says:

    Gene Weingarten is the sort of writer who produces the sort of writing that should be read by those who hope to write and deliver a compelling narrative at least once a weekThe introduction is a writing course in six pages Weingarten tells us how to write well how to grab and keep readers' and listeners' attentionEach selection included in this altogether too brief anthology is accompanied by Weingarten's own commentary which cont

  7. says:

    First let me say that Weingarten is an incredible writer However something that he did in the introduction bothered me throughout the book He was a bit too specific about his process so it was difficult for me to really feel the magic of his writing I suppose I prefer to have illusion and distance The discussion of his methods an

  8. says:

    A collection of stories previously published in the Washington Post Some wonderful some just okay and others so haunting that they will stay with you long after you closed the book

  9. says:

    For anyone interested in the mechanics of writing this book serves and an excellent primer Weingarten like all masters of any craft makes it all

  10. says:

    I want to say I loved this book But I won't I can't I think it's Super Duper Awesome that there are people who can will do write so ideally technically adroitly But often the flip side of such exceptional technical writing is the emptiness in the feelings of the stories There were plenty of times I would turn the page hoping to see the end of the essay But alas no Arghhhhhh I prefer something that flows and