Ceramic castings of the Seven Dwarfs from Disney's Snow White sit on shelves at California Ceramic Supply in Euclid, Ohio.

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The art of the obituary: It’s a dying one

February 21, 2017

As newsrooms shrink, a former obit writer mourns the loss of bustling staffs that took deadline dives into fascinating lives, and looks fondly at the New York Times piece marking the death of an old favorite, James Thurber

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Trying to find the dividing line between “travel writing” and “writing about place”

February 2, 2017

Two-time Pulitzer winner Paul Salopek, now on a years-long trek that is "slow journalism" personified, and two others talk about storytelling that happens to involve travel

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Author Caroline Paul: “Adventures are simply stories in action”

November 1, 2016

The former firefighter (and failed luge superstar) talks about learning things the hard way -- and using that in her storytelling

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The poetics of documentary at the Camden International Film Festival

September 22, 2016

Film editor Joe Bini talks about finding the true story in images rather than words, and two films test that theory (and throw in some poetic words, too)

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