Reporting: The Invisible Observer

"She sits there like a little mouse, looking so cute," says Barnaby Conrad Jr., the author and West Coast restaurateur, "but there's nothing but vitriol in her typewriter." Movie Director John Huston calls her "the best reporter I've ever known." Says Bill Mauldin, Chicago Sun-Times cartoonist: "Anybody who holds still for an interview by her is taking an awful chance, because he could very well lose a lot of skin." These contradictory observations stem from a common experience. Conrad, Huston and Mauldin all held still for interviews by Lillian Ross. Their...

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