The Press: Middle-Aged Rebel

The phone rings at the Washington Post. "Hello? Yes, this is Nicholas von Hoffman. You want to do a story about me? Hey, great! Every time somebody does one, I hit the paper for another raise. I tell them, 'Look at that. I'm getting famous.' "

The conversation is the essential Von Hoffman. Irreverent, breezy, arrogant, selfconscious, Nicholas von Hoffman has deliberately established himself as a completely subjective reporter. The Post has given him carte blanche to go anywhere and write anything, and three times a week the results go off resoundingly. For Von...

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