One of my favorite recent magazine assignments was a last-minute one: the art director for College of Charleston Magazine saw via Instagram that I was on a shoot in northern Idaho, and he happened to be working on a story about a CofC alum who's now a professor at the University of Idaho. After a quick phone briefing, I finished up my first shoot, changed my flight to give myself an extra day, hopped in my rental and drove three hours south to meet Zachary Turpin, whose claim to fame is something the English major nerd in me was extremely excited to learn about.
Turpin has discovered lost texts by Walt Whitman, a feat the writer of the story describes as being "something akin to discovering a secret 1960s-era Beatles side project or an unidentified Shakespearean novel," and one that has gained him some major media attention, including a write-up in The New York Times and an interview on NPR's All Things Considered. How cool is this, you guys? To read all the details about how something like this even happens, check out the great story written by Mark Berry here.