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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
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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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