This story by Washington Post Magazine writer Gene Weingarten is one of the best examples of a profile I’ve read in the last couple years. Notice how it plays with your expectations. And think about where he goes as a writer/reporter where others may not dare to tread. It’s engrossing but it’s pretty damn funny, too.
*Update. I want to add that this story is about a guy named The Great Zucchini, the most popular childrens entertainer in Washington D.C. And it’s about his secrets. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this story, so please be sure to read it because I’m not going to shut up about it.
Start reading this when you can. We will be discussing it in class Feb. 4.
As usual, learn a little bit about Weingarten, too. Five minutes.