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:

Just in Time for Another Convention, Hunter S. Thompson and “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.” Matt Pearce had a great lede on this appreciation of the political reporting classic: “I just got off the plane from the Republican National Convention with a bulletproof vest still packed in my suitcase, and I have to wonder if last week would have made Hunter S. Thompson lose his mind.” Fortunately, he writes, he had “Hunter S. to prepare me for the paranoia, the loathing (self- and otherwise) and the fundamental tedium of the campaign trail that I’m seeing up close for the first time, and I’ve sensed … Read More

Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: Shane Bauer and “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard”

July 21, 2016

The Mother Jones reporter on the risks, rewards and lessons learned after going undercover inside America’s private prison system

5 Questions

Digital longform, and the pitfalls of the “build it and they will come” approach to business models

July 14, 2016

Readers with delicate sensibilities, you might want to prepare yourself for the results of one Missouri student's thesis research

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

Novelist and memoirist Kate Christensen is a bit of a pioneer for me, leading a Lewis and Clark … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Thomas Curwen and a Big Sur hermit named Jack English

July 12, 2016

"My best stories attempt to answer an almost psychoanalytic need to address the larger, more philosophic questions about life"

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Ashley Powers and “The Man in the Woods”

June 28, 2016

The writer talks about the challenge of re-creating someone who is dead -- and who even in life was unknowable

Nannies have a higher standing than a nursemaid, since they have the power to impose discipline and manners on the child. But they have a lower standing than a governess, in that they undertake no … 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

So I leave the country for a few weeks, and I miss the latest Twitter storm surrounding Gay Talese. The world may have moved on to Pokemon (and by the time you read this, it … 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

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

This is the tenth of ten stories Storyboard will post from a new collection honoring Michael Brick [see our 5 Questions on the project]. It’s also the longest by far; where all the others are … Read more