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:

Annotation Tuesday! Jon Mooallem’s “Amateur Cloud Society That (Sort of) Rattled the Scientific Community. I love the British site The Idler, and for years kept its Freedom Manifesto posted above my computer at work. Its first line is “Death to the Supermarkets,” and it goes on to urge you to “Stop Consuming. Start Producing” and “Be Creative.” But it’s the last three lines that I’m fond of quoting:

“Life Is Absurd. We Are Free. Be Merry.”

At least in part, the manifesto inspired me to make the move from Los Angeles to Maine. So of course I loved this story, which is about the man … Read More

History is happening in Saudi Arabia right now — but I’m not referring to the feminist presence at the Rio Olympics. I’m talking about … Read more

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

Why's This So Good?

The Pulitzer at 100: Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman on “Tainted Justice”

August 16, 2016

The Philadelphia Daily News reporters won the 2010 Investigative Reporting prize for their series on renegade narcotics cops and the snitch who snitched on them.

Why's This So Good?

The Pulitzer at 100: Anthony Shadid, an expert of the human soul

August 9, 2016

War correspondent Francesca Borri on the late journalist's invaluable lesson: On the front line, the only thing you really need is grace.

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Adam Hochschild and Texaco’s secret support for Franco in the Spanish Civil War

August 11, 2016

The historian talks about smuggling an investigative sense of urgency—the feeling that there's something hidden that we ought to know—into the past

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

Why's This So Good?

The Pulitzer at 100: The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and an epic series on priest abuse

August 4, 2016

The reporters won the 2003 Public Service award for its dogged and far-reaching investigation that put a human face on the victims

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

Unlike most of us, Davy Rothbart enjoys being thrown off balance, even if it leaves him uncomfortable or embarrassed — or even humiliated. Read more

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!

Annotation Tuesday! Rachel Aviv and “Your Son Is Deceased”

July 26, 2016

The New Yorker writer talks about a police department awash in machismo and parents who are told their home is in a "kill zone"

Why's This So Good?

Just in time for another convention, Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72”

July 25, 2016

Matt Pearce on the mad genius of the Rolling Stone dispatches, and the writer as a forefather of weird Twitter