Justin Spring's original manuscript for "Secret Historian" totaled 1,600 pages. After undergoing 9 drafts, he whittled it down to 550 pages and it went on to become a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award. "Secret Historian" chronicles the life of Samuel Steward, who in the 1950s left his job as a college professor to become a tattoo artist and gay pornographer. Steward also befriended sex researcher Alfred Kinsey and later became an unofficial collaborator with Kinsey's Institute for Sex Research. Author Justin Spring visits Writers Talk to showcase this colorful character of the twentieth century.
November 2, 2010