Friday, May 29, 2009

Jill Krementz Photo Journal - American Radical

"The search for meaning is very satisfying, it's very pleasant, but it can be very far from the truth. You have to have the courage to call attention to what doesn't fit. Even though readers are going to say, 'Well two weeks ago you said this.' So you did. And maybe you were wrong, or partly wrong, but anyway you've just seen something now that doesn't fit, and it's your job to report it. Otherwise you're just the prisoner of your own preconceptions."
American Radical
The Life and Times of
D.D. Guttenplan

I.F. Stone, known to his friends and admirers, as “Izzy,” was one of the great political reporters of the our time. D.D. Guttenplan, whose friends call him Don, is a London based correspondent for the Nation. Guttenplan has written a brilliant biography about the maverick muckraker.

The son of a peddler, I.F. Stone. was born in the slums of Philadelphia. A high-school dropout, he was by the age of twenty-five, an influential New York City reporter. In his 20s, he met the young woman, Esther Roisman, who would become his wife and life-long partner on a blind date, wooing her with poems he wrote himself. Esther would later handle the business side of the I.F. Stone Weekly.

A party celebrating the publication of this book, which coincides with the twentieth anniversary of Stone’s death, was held this week at the apartment of Annie & Victor Navasky.
Copies of Guttenplan's biography, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, were on sale, courtesy of Shakespeare & Company.
The author with his family: daughter Zoe, wife Maria Margaronis, and son Theo.
Victor Navasky met I.F. Stone in the 50s as they were both poring over the card catalogue at the Library of Congress. Navasky would later become editor of the Nation magazine and in the late 80s Navasky proposed that Stone resume writing for the publication. Notoriously tight-fisted (Calvin Trillin used to joke that he paid writers in the high three figures), Navasky was so besotted by Stone that he once agreed to have the magazine pay for Izzy and Esther to travel to Europe aboard the Queen Elizabeth II. For four nights, the couple was able to indulge their passion for ballroom dancing. Film-maker Jerry Bruck whose documentary, I.F. Stone's Weekly, was shown at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. Bruck shows Stone talking to students, putting the last issue of the Weekly to bed, and bidding a tearful good-bye to his printers. After 19 years and 3.5 million words, the longest essay in single-handed journalism in American history was over.
Don Guttenplan and Calvin Trillin.
Maria Margaronis and Mariam Said. Eric Alterman had once interviewed Izzy Stone for a college newspaper and he became a close friend of the couple. Later, when Izzy became infirm, walking with a cane, slowed down by a detached retina in one eye and cataracts in the other, it was Eric who would ferry Esther and Izzy to the movies.
Gene Seymour. Dr. Nancy Levine.
Peter Osnos, who began his journalistic career as Stone's assistant on the Weekly. Osnos was so exhausted by his 10 months, at $100 a week, he consulted a therapist. Lynn Bernstein.
Heather Hendershot, who is writing a book about the cold war, John Palatella, the literary editor of the Nation, and Scott Sherman, a contributing writer to the magazine.
Jamie Kitman, who just won a National Magazine Award for his commentary published in Automobile Magazine. Todd Gitlin, Eric Alterman, and Laurel Cook. Gitlin, an SDS activist in the 60s, is a professor of journalism & sociology at Columbia University.
Jeff Kisseloff and wife Sue Sanders with Peter Osnos and Calvin Trillin. Kisseloff is writing a biography of Alger Hiss.
Victor Navasky with Elizabeth Sifton, who edited the book.
Tony Hiss, who is finishing a book about what gets awakened in our minds when we travel around. Renee Mauborgne, a professor of corporate strategy.
Michael Shnayerson and David Margolick. Margolick comment to Guttenplan: "There is erudition and historical knowledge on every page."
Author's son Theo. Victor Navasky toasting author.
Annie Navasky, an excellent artist, in front of two of her paintings. Carl and Christine Bernstein with Hendrik Hertzberg.
Hendrik Hertzberg and his wife, Virginia Cannon.
Barbara Probst Solomon. Dr. Peter Cariani, a neuroscientist who teaches music perception cognition. Cariani and Guttenplan were high school friends in Memphis.
Author inscribes book for Myra Manning, co-owner of Shakespeare & Company bookstore.
Jeff Seroy, Senior Vice President of FSG and Don Guttenplan. Honor Moore.
Victor Navasky with Annie and Jenny Navasky.
New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer with Don Guttenplan.
JoAnn Wypijewski and Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Editor of the Nation.
Katrina Vanden Heuvel with her husband, Stephen Cohen. Guest of Honor, Don Guttenplan with Annie and Victor Navasky.
Collecting his A.J. Liebling award in 1973, Stone said, "To be a pariah is to be left alone to see things your own way."
Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.