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May 2014

Painting a false portrait

by Bruce Cole

Deborah Solomon's new book on Norman Rockwell grossly misrepresents the artist and gives us an opportunity to consider the contemporary state of biography

Deborah Solomon, the author of the recently published American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, is best known for writing “Questions For,” her pugnacious and smart-aleck interview column in The New York Times Magazine that ran from 2003–2011.1

In 2006, one of her celebrity interviewees, Tim Russert, the then-host of Meet the Press, turned the tables on Solomon with some questions of his own. In a letter to her editor, he complained that she had willfully distorted his interview and that what she published was “misleading, callous, and hurtful.”

Russert wrote that ...

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Bruce Cole is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 32 May 2014, on page 9

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