Making Words Dance: Reflections on Red Smith, Journalism, and Writing features lectures by 15 of the country’s most respected journalists and writers given as part of the lecture series at the University of Notre Dame honoring award-winning columnist Red Smith.
Edited by Robert Schmuhl, director of the Red Smith Lecture since its inception in 1983, the collection offers assessments of the news business and writing by Ted Koppel, Frank McCourt, Jim Lehrer, Judy Woodruff, David Remnick and James Reston, among others. Notably, the book also includes the final lecture on journalism given by Tim Russert before his untimely death in 2008.
The collected lectures are complemented by 16 articles and columns by Smith, a stylist and reporter whose writing always danced and taught lessons about the craft. Both an entertaining tutorial on the writer’s art and an incisive commentary on the state of contemporary media, Making Words Dance is a fitting celebration of the life and work of one of American journalism’s most notable figures.