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Art of the profile

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This New York Times Magazine piece on Mikhail Prokhorov is a great example of centering a major profile on the defining characteristic(s) of the subject, and not just dragging the reader through a resume history. The young Russian billionaire is the new owner of the New Jersey Nets. The opening scene sets up the notion of Prokhorov’s ability to adjust and adapt, framed in the context of a specific martial arts skill. That becomes the thread as his story unfolds and his colorful personality arrives in New York and the world of professional sports. There is still lots of personal history in the piece, but animated with this key to his character. Some very nice writing as well.


Written by mroberts8

11/04/2010 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Editing, Writing

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