Narrative News

On bullets and planes that fall from the sky — and, somewhere in the middle, love

February 16, 2018

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

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: How to break into The California Sunday Magazine

February 20, 2018

Editor Douglas McGray doles out a million great tips and insights, including the possibly scary, "We really put a lot of weight on the pitch."

Why is it so great? For Valentine’s Day, we had to go with One Great Sentence on love (even if the holiday makes you go harrumph). This one is a doozy. It’s uplifting — love … Read more

5 Questions

Finding the story in the parentheses and other adventures with Jeffrey Stern

February 15, 2018

In a Vanity Fair story you might call "the BMW Schindler," the freelancer takes us on a wild ride in a bulletproof car with a Kurdish fighter turned savior

Why's This So Good?

William Langewiesche and “Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight”

February 13, 2018

The prize-winning magazine writer's first book is a blueprint for the world as he sees it, exploring themes to come in the next 20 years

Narrative News

A tribute to audio storytelling, and to the memory of bedtime stories

February 9, 2018

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Radio storytelling pioneer Jay Allison and the bite-size “Sonic IDs”

February 8, 2018

The audio vignettes interrupt the expected with the voices and sounds of life on Cape Cod (including the sound of scallops clapping)

5 Questions

“The Watchdog” on the importance of storytelling in consumer reporting

February 6, 2018

Dallas Morning News columnist Dave Lieber says he uses the creative writing techniques of New Journalism to help readers with their problems

Narrative News

Forget the politics of immigration — read about the real lives of immigration

February 2, 2018

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

Why's This So Good?

Francisco Cantú and “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border”

February 1, 2018

The memoir of his life with the Border Patrol combines lyricism and pain, highlighting by turns the futility, absurdity and uniqueness of his time there

Why is it so great? Springsteen’s eternal theme of the runaway American dream runs through this song and the entire album it’s on, the Nebraska-esque “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” This song could be the … Read more