The Journalist and the Murderer

by Janet Malcolm

Start Free Trial

Topics for Further Study

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Imagine that a dialogue took place between MacDonald and McGinniss after the publication of Fatal Vision. Write what you think that conversation might have been like.

Read Fatal Vision. Keeping in mind the contradictory opinions you have read in The Journalist and the Murderer, write an essay about the role that McGinniss played in influencing the reader’s opinion.

If you had the opportunity to interview Malcolm about her own feelings about McGinniss and MacDonald, what would you want to know? Write a series of questions that you would pose to Malcolm, and then attempt to answer as you think Malcolm would.

What opinion do you draw of Malcolm’s own ethics though your study of The Journalist and the Murderer? Write an essay exploring this topic.

Analyze Malcolm’s use of language in The Journalist and the Murderer. Is it matter-of-fact? Exaggerated? Convincing?

Do you agree with Malcolm’s contentions about the relationship between the journalist and the subject? Write a review of The Journalist and the Murderer. You may want to read reviews that appeared when the work was first published.

Seligman wrote in Salon of Malcolm, ‘‘What journalist of her caliber is so widely disliked or as often accused of bad faith? . . . In the animus toward her there is something almost personal.’’ What opinion do you draw from The Journalist and the Murderer of Malcolm as a person (not as a journalist)?

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

What Do I Read Next?