Why is it great? This line, from the poet Elizabeth Alexander’s beautiful memoir about the death of her husband, knocked me out on a couple levels. First, I had no idea that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were best friends, and there’s something wonderful about the mere fact of this. And second, it’s incredibly moving that Ford actually captured his friend’s last breath and put it in a test tube. It’s this beautiful combination of science and love. And finally, I love the rhythm of those last words, “kept it evermore.” Like a fairy tale about enduring friendship.

 

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Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: Daniel Miller and the Los Angeles Times’ “Selling Stardom”

March 16, 2017

The show business reporter takes a walk on the seamier side of Hollywood, and meets a lot of wannabes with broken dreams (plus an agent who breaks down in front of him)

Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: Bernt Jakob Oksnes and “The Baby in the Plastic Bag”

March 7, 2017

The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet bucked the short-attention-span trend by committing to a nine-part serial -- and it paid off both in readers and a powerful narrative about an infant left for dead

Notable Narratives

Two top New York Times editors talk about the yearlong project “Murder in the 4-0”

November 29, 2016

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.

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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

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

Esquire marked Trevor Noah’s transition to hosting “The Daily Show” by putting him on the cover of its March 2016 issue (see “Trevor Noah…Is Not Like You”). Noah has to step out of the … 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

If Amy O’Leary describes a piece as “crazy fantastic digital storytelling” — — you can bet it’s true. And … 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