Why is it great? I love how Lee has written this line: It tumbles out of Scout’s head exactly like the thoughts of a 6-year-old child, all “this and this and this and especially this.” And it also captures the joys of summer, that season when a child in particular feels things most acutely, but so do the rest of us. Oh, and canny readers will notice that I left off the last phrase in the series: “but most of all, summer was Dill.” I thought that would require explanation (Dill being Scout’s summertime friend), and once you start having to explain a sentence, the beauty is lost. I think the rhythm is still wonderful without it. … Read More

Story Craft

In a South African cookbook-memory book, recapturing a life that was lost to apartheid

July 20, 2017

"Huis Kombuis" offers an old-fashioned spin on multimedia storytelling: a collective memoir with lovingly hand-stitched recipes honoring a demolished neighborhood -- and a past that couldn't be destroyed

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Steve Oney and “A Man’s World” (both the song and his new book)

July 18, 2017

The writer talks about how ideas about masculinity have changed over his 40-year career, and how he eerily predicted the rise of Breitbart America

Narrative News

Storylines shot through with darkness and despair, but also flashes of loyalty and love

July 14, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Mary Pols and the rural lyricism of “Death of a Dairyman”

July 13, 2017

The Portland Press Herald writer talks about her story on a man who connected a community, and chafing at the "Cabot Cove-ization" of Maine writing

Why is it great? This is the first lyric to feature on “One Great Sentence,” and of course it had to be Springsteen. I chose … Read more

Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: Luke Mogelson and “The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS”

July 10, 2017

The writer talks about his tour-de-force story for The New Yorker about an Iraqi SWAT team's fight to save their city -- and the price they paid to do it

Narrative News

Here’s some of the best literary journalism about the scourge that is gun violence

June 30, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Mark Follman and “The True Cost of Gun Violence in America”

June 29, 2017

The Mother Jones reporter talks about his landmark investigation into the staggering price of the firearms epidemic: an estimated $229 billion a year

Why is it great? This week we’re spotlighting stellar literary journalism about America’s gun violence epidemic, and this stunning story by Eli Saslow takes an intimate, often uncomfortably close look at the life of a … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

Thomas Curwen and “Surgeon races to save a life during L.A.’s shooting season”

June 27, 2017

The Los Angeles Times writer, who watched a doctor operate on a teen gunshot victim, talks about his enduring passion for stories that depict “the split-second events that change the predictable course of life"

Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: Jason Fagone and “What Bullets Do to Bodies”

June 26, 2017

The writer talks about his Huffington Post Highline profile of a trauma surgeon, and wanting readers to get a “visceral sense of what physically happens inside a person when he’s shot”