Posted on Facebook as well as here:
Is there any living non-fiction writer whom you would recommend for the quality of his or her prose alone, regardless of subject? Is there a Newman of our time? Not in absolute quality (highly unlikely) but commanding a similar regard? Preferably not someone who specializes in rich descriptions or taut narrative, as in "creative non-fiction," but one mainly interested in ideas.
I'm looking for someone I can learn from. From whom I can learn.