Patrick Radden Keefe on narrative journalism
American journalist Patrick Radden Keefe is a writer and journalist at The New Yorker. His award-winning books are considered masterworks of narrative journalism. Who better to help us understand this popular yet neglected genre!
Patrick Radden Keefe has been writing for The New Yorker since 2006. He is known for his exhaustively documented long reads on the most diverse yet high-profile topics: from the hunt for drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera, to the bizarre relationship between reality TV producers and former President Donald Trump. For his piece ‘A Loaded Gun,’ about a biology professor who murdered several colleagues, he received The National Magazine Award for feature writing.
Keefe reached a larger international audience with his two nonfiction books. In Say Nothing, he uses an abduction case to describe the horror of the Troubles, the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland. Say Nothing was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and the prestigious Orwell Prize for Political Writing.
The Empire of Pain
For his new book, The Empire of Pain, Keefe investigated the origins of the global opioid crisis which has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. He delved into the family history of the Sacklers, one of the richest and most closeted families in the world. The source of the family fortune was concealed for years, until it emerged that the Sacklers had made billions producing and marketing the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin. More than just a portrait of the rise and fall of an American dynasty, the book is an indictment on the greed of the super-rich in the 21st century.
Patrick Radden Keefe (born 1976) is an American writer and journalist. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His book Say Nothing. A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland has received multiple awards and named one of the best books of 2019 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Keefe is the host and brains behind the acclaimed podcast Wind of Change, which explores the strange interconnection between pop music and espionage during the Cold War.
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