A Limerick, Ireland, back street scene in 1937.

Narrative News

Want to read some of the best literary journalism of 2017? We’ve got you covered

December 22, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Why's This So Good?

“Draft No. 4”: the legendary John McPhee’s “master class in the writer’s craft”

December 21, 2017

Who *wouldn't* want to learn the secrets of one of the best literary journalists of the last 50 years? Do we see any hands at all? Didn't think so.

It’s hard to cull just one sentence from Sedaris’ embedded reporting on being a helper at Santaland, a place he describes as “a real wonderland” with a path taking visitors through the “ten thousand sparkling … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: a veteran freelancer on pitching The New York Times Magazine and more

December 19, 2017

Reporter (and editor) Paul Tullis has been on both sides of the pitching process; here, he annotates his "Into the Wildfires" proposal

Narrative News

“Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.” (Haunted by this.)

December 15, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

5 Questions

Liana Aghajanian and the story of immigrants in America, one recipe at a time

December 14, 2017

In her blog "Dining in Diaspora," the Detroit-based writer tries to document the complexity of Armenian identity through the lens of food

Why is it great? A few weeks ago I went to an exhibit of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings in Seattle (a strange experience for someone who lives half an hour from the places he painted in … Read more

Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: Jack Hitt and the birth of live-action TV news in “What Goes Up”

December 12, 2017

For Epic magazine, he writes about a daredevil helicopter pilot for a Phoenix station who "kept breaking the fourth wall of journalism by beating the cops"

Narrative News

What does poetry have to do with journalism? Quite a bit, actually. Read on.

December 8, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Story Craft

Poetry finds a (calming) home in the hurly-burly of 21st century New York

December 7, 2017

The Poets House is a hidden literary gem in the city where an "old-fashioned" art and nonfiction thrive -- and marginalized voices can learn to freely speak

Why is it great? This gorgeous definition of poetry could easily apply to literary journalism. Some of the best stories aren’t about something we’ve never heard of, but illuminates something we pass every day unseen in … Read more

Story Craft

Finding lessons for literary journalism in the poetry of Rust Belt chronicler Phil Levine

December 5, 2017

 His poems about his hometown, Detroit, were almost cinematic in a precision of detail that would embarrass the most economic writer