Jill Lepore on the Challenge of Explaining Things

Jill Lepore on the Challenge of Explaining Things

Scholars who want to write beyond the academy often ask, where are the models for such a thing? Jill Lepore is often the answer. She is an accomplished essayist, and a public voice for producing historical work that engages with audiences well beyond the classroom. Her publications have attended to technologies of evidence and writing, to the craft of historical writing itself, and to subjects as wide-ranging as Wonder Woman and board games. Benjamin Cohen spoke with Lepore about the challenges and meanings of writing for a broad public audience.

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