Just in time for the weekend, here’s a little list of some of the things I’ve been listening to and reading this week, some of it online — Storyboard included, natch — and some of it on vinyl or actual ink and paper.

Two of my biggest loves are narrative journalism and music, and I’m lucky that my days are filled with both. When reading stories, I get inspired by songs I think fit the article’s theme — a soundtrack. Here are a couple of this week’s Storyboard articles, and their soundtracks:

Robert Caro

Robert Caro

Robert Caro and the lightbulb moment he had writing “The Power Broker.”  It was moving to hear the outrage still in Robert Caro’s voice a full half a century after he first wrote about a poor family whose farm was torn asunder by a new highway, while rich neighbors and their private golf courses went disturbed. The book that resulted, “The Power Broker,” is routinely listed as one of the best nonfiction books ever. This is accountability journalism writ large.

Soundtrack: “Fight the Power,” by Public Enemy. Gotta … Read More

When the historian Robert Caro spoke at the recent Pulitzer Centennial event hosted by the Nieman Foundation, one emotion was palpable: outrage. Fifty years after he wrote about the Roth family and a … Read more

You don’t have to be a “Hamilton” groupie to love this wonderful interview that Nieman Foundation Curator Ann Marie Lipinski did recently with the blockbuster play’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. (But if you are … Read more

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: René Koster and a stunning voyage to Antarctica

September 15, 2016

The Dutch photographer took "a journey of longing, to a time that once was; a heroic saga, filled with hardship and adventure, in an infinite, barren land"

Narrative News

The badass women of the Qur’an: “An Emancipatory Reading”

September 12, 2016

A feminist Moroccan scholar is among those trying to take back the narrative of Islam's holy book

Just in time for the weekend, here’s a little list of some of the things I’ve been listening to and reading this week, some of it online — Storyboard included, natch — and some of … Read more

The Pulitzer at 100: Michael Parks and the unraveling of apartheid

September 8, 2016

Former foreign correspondent Scott Kraft reflects on an unflinching portrait of a nation on the brink of historic change by his Los Angeles Times predecessor in South Africa

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! David Wolman + Julian Smith and “The Cold War”

September 6, 2016

The writers talk about that rarest of beasts -- the funny longform narrative -- and going all "Rashomon ice cream war" for their Epic magazine piece

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Photographer Niki Boon on documenting her children “Wild and Free”

September 1, 2016

Reminiscent of Sally Mann's work, her photos summon the childhood many people had for moments, maybe on a camping trip, or wish they had

Just in time for the weekend, here’s a little list of some of the things I’ve been listening to and reading this week, some of it online — Storyboard included, natch — and some of … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pulitzer at 100: Taro Yamasaki and life inside Jackson State Prison

August 30, 2016

The photojournalist talks about how he got unprecedented access — and images — inside the world's largest walled prison

Just in time for the weekend, here’s a little list of some of the things I’ve been listening to and reading this week, some of it online — Storyboard included, natch — and some of … Read more

“Elroy lives here. Tiny, half-blind, mentally retarded, 39-year-old Elroy. To find him, go past the counselor flirting on the phone.” If you had been in the Georgetown University cafeteria back in 1999, you might … Read more