On a warm late-summer afternoon, Pete Dexter trudges across the living
room of his home perched high above Puget Sound on Whidbey Island,
Diet Coke in hand, and steels himself to tell the story of how he was
once beaten half to death by a pack of drunken thugs in... More >>>
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Daily News
Pictured here in 1974, Dexter is a throwback to a day when big-city columnists' prose all but rose from the cracks of the sidewalks—or subways.