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

Narrative News

The politics of power: through Billie Holiday’s voice and an Iranian blogger’s words

April 7, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Iran’s “Blogfather” talks algorithms, hyperlinks and the lost art of communication

April 6, 2017

Hossein Derakhshan spent six years in an Iranian prison cell; when he came out, the online world had changed -- for the worse, he believes

Why is it great? For the second week in a row, our One Great Sentence comes from a gifted journalist who has just left us. Last week, the writer was Jimmy Breslin, who died after … Read more

From Nieman Reports

The making of binge-worthy serial narratives, from “S-Town” to “Framed”

April 4, 2017

Podcasts and print alike are reinvigorating a form of storytelling that Dickens and Homer used to hook readers: "to be continued..."

Narrative News

A week where journalism, poetry, fiction and music converge = a dream week

March 31, 2017

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

Like a lot of people, last week I reread the story that made Jimmy Breslin famous. It has his greatest hallmark: writing about the little guy, in this case Clifton Pollard, who was paid $3.01 an … Read more

Why's This So Good?

In a divided land, Bruce Springsteen and the runaway American dream

March 28, 2017

The songwriter has an uncanny ability to give voice to working Americans -- more than a few of them Trump supporters. A look at his decades of storytelling about heartland hopes dashed.

Narrative News

The Power of Narrative conference: how the tools of poetry can help journalists

March 27, 2017

The poet Verandah Porche, who sparked a firestorm at last year's event with her question to Gay Talese about women writers, made a softer splash this year: "Sort what haunts you"

Narrative News

The oranges of John McPhee, on the page and on backyard trees

March 24, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Rania Abouzeid and “The Jihad Next Door”

March 23, 2017

The Beirut-based writer talks about the dangers of reporting her Politico piece on extremists in Iraq and Syria, and why on-the-ground reporting is vital

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 … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Rich Schapiro and “The True Story of the Fugitive Drug Smuggler Who Became an Environmental Hero”

March 21, 2017

The writer, who splits his time between tabloid reporting and deep dives, talks about how one prepares him for the other. (And kudos to Outside magazine, on a longform roll.)