July has proved to be a book review month for me. Lots of poolside reading. My latest library pick is The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. Fifty years of life in the newspaper business (English language edition) in Rome, proves exhilarating, desperate, outrageous, sad, and dramatic.
Each chapter is its own little vignette as we meet the obituary writer, the editor-in-chief, the financial officer, a stringer wanna-be, and more. The personal dramas are intertwined with work, bylines, and egos.
This is a fast, fun read as the world of print gives way to the Internet and uncertainty. Tom Rachman captures the writing and publishing world with a keen sense of humor.
I kept waiting for my chapter to appear.