A tile inset in Central Park in New York honors slain Beatle John Lennon.  Writer Tom French uses Beatles music as one way to teach and coach nut grafs..

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“His name was Zaki Anwari …”

August 25, 2021

When a passive verb makes the story

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“…no one feels the entry wound …”

August 4, 2021

A review of TV series becomes a study in metaphor

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“… and the cold came biting …”

July 15, 2021

Peter Geye in his novel "The Lighthouse Road"

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“I spent my career writing hard news. That’s me.”

June 8, 2021

John N. Maclean in an interview about his memoiristic new book "Home Waters"

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“…silence so dense it became its own sound.”

May 25, 2021

From a profile of place, by Dennis Lehane in his 2017 novel, "Since We Fell."

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“… a fleeting fit of frustration” over the F word

April 27, 2021

Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes in a lead about a U.S. Supreme Court case

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“… a space coffin turned shooting star.”

March 16, 2021

From a profile of Laika, the celebrated canine cosmonaut, by Alex Wellerstein in The New Yorker

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“She was delicate the way a ribbon of steel holds up its part of a bridge.”

February 18, 2021

From the obituary of Cicely Tyson by Wesley Morris of The New York Times

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“… equal was the one thing all men were not.”

February 10, 2021

Rye Dolan in the novel "The Cold Millions," by Jess Walter

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“We start with more questions than answers…”

January 27, 2021

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron in a retirement letter to the staff

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“The mountains on the horizon …”

December 29, 2020

Tana French in her novel "The Searcher"

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“He was old enough to dance to a good beat but too young to know his favorite color.”

December 11, 2020

Peter Hermann and Clarence Williams of The Washington Post, in a story about the spike in gun violence in Washington D.C.