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What's William McKeen reading?

William McKeen (Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson), chairman of the University of Florida journalism department, will be a featured author at the 2008 Times Festival of Reading. McKeen lives on a farm outside Gainesville with his wife, seven children, five horses, six chickens, a dog and a bunny.

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What is on your nightstand?

I always have some fun rock book going on, and right now I'm re-reading Buddy Holly by Ellis Amburn. We're coming up on the 50th anniversary of his death.

And then there's The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America written by Tom Buk-Swienty. I think I was 7 when my sister came home with Riis' How the Other Half Lives. I never forgot it. It was the first time anyone took photos of poverty. When I start teaching a class, I use him as a role model on what journalism ought to be.

Do you ever listen to audiobooks?

Absolutely I listen to audiobooks. In particular I enjoy listening to works by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

What's William McKeen reading? 09/13/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 4:21pm]
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