More than 30 years ago, a journalism grad student clipped the Washington Post story as a great example of how to transform a deadline story with narrative details. He still has it, and it's still a great example.
The stirring Atlantic piece made former L.A. Times columnist Sandy Banks feel proud, wistful, angry, empty and sad, but it also made her grateful for Barack Obama in ways that can’t be captured in slogans and statistics
With crime at historic lows in the city, the paper decided to "delve deeply into deaths, and lives, that might otherwise be ignored" in a Bronx precinct where homicides persist. A series of heartbreaking narratives is the result.
Tiffany Whitton was last seen on video surveillance footage from a Marietta, Georgia, Walmart one night in September 2013. The video shows the twenty-six-year-old woman intoxicated and shoplifting; with her is boyfriend Ashley Caudle. When … Read more
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005, Esquire executive editor Mark Warren and writer at large Tom Junod drove to Mississippi to visit the displaced families of National Guardsmen who had been … Read more
“What It Takes,” Richard Ben Cramer’s exhaustive account of the 1988 presidential election, took so long to report and write—six years in all—that it wasn’t published until the 1992 election. Clocking in at … Read more
John Sack is an integral part of Esquire lore. This was the guy who sneaked aboard an American landing ship during the Korean War to interview Chinese POWs; the guy who shadowed the grunts of … Read more
Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller found themselves in the odd position of moving from competitors to collaborators, over the course of a phone call or two and a few emails. Miller says calling the … Read more
Two notable narratives for your consideration this week, both on the loss of a loved one, to cancer: In “The Day I Started Lying to Ruth,” a long reported essay in New York magazine, Memorial Sloan … Read more