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Robert Caro's Journalism Lessons

1 month ago   |   By The New Republic

You can sense Robert Caro's disappointment after he asks a group of CUNY Newmark Graduate School journalism students if they've seen a typewriter before and nearly every hand shoots up. The typewriter he is standing over is a Smith Corona Electra 210, a model practically synonymous with him. It is-no surprise-no longer being made. Caro has several backups , which he scavenges for parts, but is down to 10. If, that is, you don't count the one that has now become a museum display and, at the same time, a kind of metaphor for Caro himself. The typewriter also marks Caro's first lesson to the...
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