Two of the most visited and downloaded stories on The Generalist are:
*A piece I wrote on Truman Capote and the writing of 'In Cold Blood' - supposedly the first 'non-fiction novel'
*A lengthy series of posts on my friendship and encounters with the great Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński, - a mentor, widely considered one of the great foreign correspondents of our time.
Both stories have gained an added relevance due to the publication of a biography of Kapuściński - ' Kapuściński-Non Fiction' - written by Artur Domoslawski that has just been published in Poland that suggests (according to the British press at least) that Kapuściński,was a dishonest reporter who made up stories and invented quotes. What follows is a miscellany of thoughts and perspectives, from many countries, on this important subject - the line between fact and fiction.
Every writer of reportage ought to learn from the Kapuściński controversy. Creative non-fiction is a slippery slope.
Timothy Garton-Ash [The Guardian 10 March 2010
By Sylwia Presley. [Global Voice] Interesting aggregator of blog comments, many from Poland. 10 March 2010
Binoy Kampmark [Scoop Independent News/NZ 10 March 2010]
By ROBERT MACKEY [The Lede/The New York Times blog 8 March 2010] This is an incredibly interesting corrective to the UK press coverage and contains a long interview with Artur Domoslawski.
by Malgorzata Halaba [The Wall Street Journal blogs. 8 March 2010]
Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski's amazing stories may have been just that, a new book suggests
Ian Jack [The Guardian 6 March 2010]
Ryszard Kapuściński's work may drift into fiction – but adherence to fact in war reporting can start to feel impossible and pointless
Lara Pawson [The Guardian 4 March 2010]
[Polish Radio website. 4 March 2010]
Critics of Ryszard Kapuściński's books miss the point – there is no sharp frontier between literature and reporting
Neil Ascherson [The Guardian 3 March 2010]
Jon Snow [Channel 4 blog. 3 March 2010]
Ryszard Kapuscinski: He was hailed as the greatest reporter of his time. But how much did he make up?
Ryszard Kapuscinski said he knew Che Guevara. He recounted how he met Patrice Lumumba. But according to a new biography, his books were more fiction than fact. Tony Paterson reports
[The Independent 2 March 2010]
Ryszard Kapuscinski, the late Polish journalist, has been accused of collaborating with Poland's communist government and of making factual errors.
[The Telegraph 2 March 2010]
[Polish Radio website. 16 Feb 2010]