Robert Berkowitz's mother, Pauline Herzek, with composer Lajos Delej in Hungary.

Why is it great? Félix Fénéon (1861-1944) was a clerk in the French War Office during World War I, a literary editor, art dealer, anarchist and journalist. While working for Le Matin in 1906, he … Read more

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: David Grann and “Killers of the Flower Moon”

April 18, 2017

The author and New Yorker writer talks about his book on a sinister campaign against Osage Indians who had become fabulously wealthy from oil -- and what the murders, and their lack of notoriety, say about America

Narrative News

Haven’t read those Pulitzer winners yet? Here’s some great storytelling in this year’s batch

April 14, 2017

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

Why is it great? Chivers just won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his magazine profile of Sam Siatta, a Marine suffering from PTSD. How did he make a story that has been … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Kent Russell and “They Burn Witches Here”

April 11, 2017

The writer talks about his Huffington Post Highline piece on ritualistic killings in Papua New Guinea -- and the differences between scapegoating in philosophy and in blood-curdling real life

Narrative News

The politics of power: through Billie Holiday’s voice and an Iranian blogger’s words

April 7, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Iran’s “Blogfather” talks algorithms, hyperlinks and the lost art of communication

April 6, 2017

Hossein Derakhshan spent six years in an Iranian prison cell; when he came out, the online world had changed -- for the worse, he believes

Why is it great? For the second week in a row, our One Great Sentence comes from a gifted journalist who has just left us. Last week, the writer was Jimmy Breslin, who died after … Read more

From Nieman Reports

The making of binge-worthy serial narratives, from “S-Town” to “Framed”

April 4, 2017

Podcasts and print alike are reinvigorating a form of storytelling that Dickens and Homer used to hook readers: "to be continued..."

Narrative News

A week where journalism, poetry, fiction and music converge = a dream week

March 31, 2017

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

Like a lot of people, last week I reread the story that made Jimmy Breslin famous. It has his greatest hallmark: writing about the little guy, in this case Clifton Pollard, who was paid $3.01 an … Read more