The Accidental Life by Terry McDonell

An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers

This is a book about writers and working with them. Editing is what I wanted to write about. But it is also about friends, some of them now dead, so it is about that, too. What follows is not strictly chronological. It bounces around a little. So did I.

—Terry McDonell

The Work

Images, memorabilia, and reflections from selected career stops at Rolling Stone, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere. 


News & Notes

The latests news, interviews, and excerpts from the book, as well as new writing from McDonell. Plus a deeper look at his work and correspondence. 


Television, radio, and podcast appearances, including McDonell's induction into the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame. 

Banner photograph by David Strick.