President Obama wipes away tears as he speaks at his presidential farewell address.

Narrative News

Now might be a good time to reread a few great stories about Putin, don’t you think?

December 12, 2016

As the CIA concludes that Moscow interfered in the U.S. presidential election, here's a collection of some of the best literary journalism about the Russian leader

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Peter Frick-Wright and “What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980?”

December 12, 2016

The Outside magazine writer climbed to a 20,000-foot glacier to try to find out why a plane crashed mysteriously 31 years ago, and wrote a story that's Sherlock Holmes meets "Into Thin Air"

Narrative News

“The Age of Innocence” versus the age of innocence lost

December 9, 2016

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

Why's This So Good?

Why’s This So Good? Mark Seal and “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit”

December 8, 2016

In his Vanity Fair piece, the writer takes us on a suspenseful journey through the many identities of the man who conned his way to the top of American society

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Rachel Monroe and “Have You Ever Thought About Killing Someone?”

December 6, 2016

The writer talks about her disturbing story for Matter on a man who said he wanted to be killed, the teen who took him up on it -- and her obsession with the bizarre case

Narrative News

The theme of the week is death, so it’s time to listen to a little Al Green and feel better

December 2, 2016

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

Why's This So Good?

BuzzFeed News’ Albert Samaha and a modern-day lynching in Mississippi

December 1, 2016

In "This Is What They Did for Fun," the writer explores the killing of a gay black man -- and the husband and son left trying to pick up the pieces

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.

Why's This So Good?

Why’s This So Good: Fidel Castro and the art of the obit

November 28, 2016

A roundup of some of the top obituaries reveals the craft involved (and, in the case of the long-lived Cuban leader, the endless updating and rewriting)

5 Questions

5 Questions: Pop-Up Magazine’s Doug McGray and the pleasures of live storytelling

November 25, 2016

The editor of the ephemeral multimedia performances talks about bringing journalism to life onstage, and meeting the coolest people in the audiences

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Bill Sanderson and the JFK assassination “Bulletins from Dallas”

November 22, 2016

The new biography of UPI reporter Merriman "Smitty" Smith, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the biggest political shocker of the 20th century, has so much journalism drama it could be a "Spotlight"-type movie

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