Some of you may already have read it, but I came across a pretty interesting magazine article on D&D called Destroy All Monsters by Paul La Farge from the September 2006 Believer magazine. It’s a pretty good “real journalist” look at D&D from someone who had played it as a kid. As part of the article, they travel to Lake Geneva and play D&D with Gary Gygax!
Especially interesting is their look into Gygax – if you remove the blind hero worship that most D&D-types apply to him, you get a pretty interesting and complex character. He delves into the sordid history of the rise and fall of TSR as part of the article, and gets quotes from the Blumes and Lorraine Williams too, and he’s pretty good about pointing out things he thinks are more self-serving than true coming from all involved. You don’ t usually get things on D&D from an informed but professional point of view, so I found the article a really good read.