News Comment (12/7)

On Tuesday the final work of playwright Sam Shepard will be published. It is a story of a man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease which blurs the line between fiction and autobiography because Shepard also suffered from the disease.

I believe this is a newsworthy story because of the recognizability of Shepard’s name as he was both a playwright and an actor. A number of people will probably recognize the name and be interested in this book.

I really liked how this story was written. I enjoyed the way that the author wove in facts about Lou Gehrig’s disease with stories of Shepard’s life and telling the story of how this book came to be. The story here was that this book was being published. It was promoting the book without feeling like a “hey buy my book” story.

I really enjoyed the lede of the story it gives some insight into the book while also giving insight into the articles focus on the disease. I also really enjoyed the final little paragraph of the story because it is a little uplifting, heart-strings pulling moment to end a rather bleak story.

Overall I believe this story accomplished what it set out to do. It made me want to read the book. I will probably go out and buy this book, even though I am not a book person, because the story of how this book was made and how much attention to detail went into the publication was so interesting to me.

1 Comment so far

  1.   fuglsang on December 6th, 2017

    Seems like a little bit book review, a little bit profile, and a little bit obit. The book sounds like a tough read, not because of the subject matter, but because of style and point of view.

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