Dana Stevens’ process of writing a book about Buster Keaton.

Here’s a Sneak Peek of How Dana Stevens’ New Book Is Going

Here’s a Sneak Peek of How Dana Stevens’ New Book Is Going

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Oct. 13 2016 1:38 PM
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Looking Back at Vaudeville’s Buster Keaton

Dana Stevens talks about what it’s like to research and write her latest book.

A gelatin silver print showing the silent comedian Buster Keaton looking at a photo of Lon Chaney.
A gelatin silver print showing the silent comedian Buster Keaton looking at a photo of Lon Chaney.

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In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Thursday’s Culture Gabfest, guest host and Slate senior editor Gabriel Roth puts Dana Stevens in the hot seat while the other Gabfesters are away. The topic? Dana’s latest project: a book on the life and times of silent film actor, writer, and director Buster Keaton, which she’s been researching and writing for over a year.

What about Keaton inspired Dana to start writing a book? What are some of the unique challenges that come with vaudeville journalism? And finally, why should we care about this entertainer from the past?

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