A Letter From the Publisher: Mar. 2, 1987

Staffers at TIME learn to live with the necessary but often confining space constraints of journalism. Quite a number of them, however, have found an antidote for the weekly squeeze: writing books. "I enjoy the long haul of a book," says TIME Art Critic Robert Hughes, author of the best-selling The Fatal Shore (Knopf), a 688-page history of his native Australia's years as a British penal colony. "Books give you a greater sense of proprietorship," says Senior Writer Otto Friedrich, whose ninth work, City of Nets (Harper & Row), details the Hollywood of the 1940s. "They are something that you can...

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