A protestor holds a sign reading

This famous piece by Susan Orlean is one of those stories where it’s hard to pick just one great sentence. You find one, and then another, and then another — a rabbit hole of … Read more

Narrative News

Feeling the facts: making the case for the sensory connection in literary journalism

May 15, 2017

At a conference in Nova Scotia, scholars talk about the use of imagination -- which is *not* the same as invention -- to connect to readers

Narrative News

Literary journalism gets some love, from “Hiroshima” to Shane Bauer’s prison exposé

May 12, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Story Craft

The roadblocks, and the dangers, for investigative journalists in the Arab world

May 11, 2017

As the Arab Spring ushered in less openness rather than more, a Jordan-based group supports reporters taking chances in this fledgling movement

Why is it great? We annotated this wonderful story last year, and the focus of the annotation was the rarity of humor in longform. This line makes me laugh even without the context … Read more

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Josh O’Kane and “The Ballad of Fogarty’s Cove”

May 9, 2017

The Globe and Mail reporter talks about his Nova Scotia story exploring the love of a place, and the sorrow over leaving when it cannot sustain you

Narrative News

Let’s celebrate some newsroom heroes: from Gene Roberts to Latina journalists

May 5, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Why is it great? When I moved back to New England last year after nearly a lifetime away, John Cheever’s debut novel about a quirky New England family was the first thing I read. This … Read more

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Legendary editor Gene Roberts reflects on a lifetime in journalism

May 3, 2017

As filmmakers seek funding for a documentary about the newsman who transformed The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1970s and '80s, he talks about how his reporters zigged instead of zagged -- and worries about the future

Why's This So Good?

How Michelle Garcia told the story of Juárez, a city lost to violence, through its dogs

May 2, 2017

The Al Jazeera America piece, reported with Mexican reporter Ignacio Alvarado Alvarez, haunts with its indelible portrait of pets paying the price when a terrorized place goes feral

Narrative News

C.S. Lewis and Tolkien go to see “Snow White,” and D.H. Lawrence goes pulp fiction

April 28, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Nathan Thornburgh talks mind-blowing drugs and Anthony Bourdain

April 27, 2017

The co-founder of the unapologetically longform travel-food-politics site Roads & Kingdoms talks about teaming up with the chef-raconteur and reporting while under the influence of the hallucinogen ayahuasca