Read the praise and review for Deadline Artists:

“It is the great American art form, read by millions every day.” When these eloquent, compassionate newspaper columns were first delivered, they were treated as individual works of art, almanacs to suit any disposition. Well-catalogued and categorized, this exultant retrospective of American journalism seems ideal for today’s attention spans and travel schedules. In the most memorable modern excerpt from the section “Wars and Other Foreign Affairs,” Pete Hamill stands in a “pale gray wilderness” following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and tells readers: “As I write, it remains present tense.” In other sections, Hunter S. Thompson and O. Henry reveal a raw, emotional, and entertaining style of journalism; a formula that Jimmy Breslin’s surreal “‘Are You John Lennon?'” piece surely encapsulates. Avlon, Angelo, and Louis’s glorious compilation “is a chance to be there at moments when America changes, for better or for worse.” Free-flowing to the very end, lasting drops of pure wisdom come in the form of Mary Schmich’s infamous “sunscreen” composition, while Benjamin Franklin’s 1757 sermon of advice literally offers words to live by. “Well done is better than well said,” Franklin writes, but as far as this essential anthology goes, it’s so well done, there’s nothing left to say.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review



“Newspaper columns are an American art form you can read on a subway, at a ballgame or in a bar.  Deadline Artists puts the best of the past in an essential anthology – now focused on Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs.  Buy it and read it.  You’ll have a good time and you just might learn something.”

–Jimmy Breslin
New York Daily News


“. . . an excellent book for those interested in the journalism greats, both past and reasonably contemporary. It should be required reading for journalism majors.”

–Geri Spieler
The Huffington Post


“An indispensible anthology of an American art form — a broad and brilliantly chosen compilation of the best newspaper column writing past and present — and a real feast. I couldn’t stop reading. The stories, yarns, insights and characters — the immediacy and passion — still resonate, still make you laugh, and think.”

Peggy Noonan
columnist for The Wall Street Journal


“An amazing and totally wonderful book, between whose covers is crammed more insight, wisdom, and wit than any book I can recall over the past decade. I hope every public library acquires copies of Deadline Artists.”

Paul LeClerc
President Emeritus
The New York Public Library




“This superb collection of columns is a rare treat. It rounds up much of the best newspaper writing ever done—from raging opinion to wise commentary, from graceful essay to subtle humor. Bravo!”

Stephen B. Shepard
Founding Dean
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

 “When I first fell in love with the art of column writing, I longed for a book like this. Finally! This collection isn’t just essential for journalists, students and libraries, but also for anyone who wants great writing in their home.”

Kathleen Parker
Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post


“one of the greatest collections of newspaper articles ever compiled” and saluted DA2 as “an equally superb sequel…may more siblings follow.”

Timothy R. Smith
Review for The Washington Post


“Nearly every American city once had a repository of institutional memory that described the thrills, the tears, the tenderness or the torment of the time. It was called the daily newspaper column. And the columnists were like brilliant photographers using words to deliver an instant snapshot of history viewed through their own lens. John Avlon, Jesse Angelo and Errol Louis have performed a huge public service by capturing hundreds of those moments with this collection”.

Mike Barnicle
columnist for the Boston Herald



“Deadline Artists belongs on the shelf with essential collections of great writing, and especially great journalism. It’s wide scope and definitive range, the care and thoughtfulness with which these columns have been selected, evoke newspapers at their best – calling us to celebrate newspaper history at a moment when papers themselves are endangered.”

Richard Tofel
general manager of ProPublica
and former assistant publisher of
The Wall Street Journal




“The book that every columnist should be interested in reading is out.”

–Robert Haught
National Society of Newspaper Columnists

“At its best, a newspaper column can rise to the height of daily literature. A superb new anthology, Deadline Artists, celebrates the masters of the form—including Pete Hamill, Mitch Albom and Maureen Dowd—who tell the story of America with wit, wisdom and, above all, passion.” …read more here