Afghan women wait to receive food rations distributed by a humanitarian aid group, in Kabul, Afghanistan, in April 25, 2022. Women were ordered to wear full burqas in public after the Taliban retook control of the country following the 2021 pullout of U.S. troops.

One Great Moment

“… the Jenga tower simply will not collapse.”

June 30, 2022

From the dissenting opinion to the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Dobbs v. Jackson

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“… anything can happen in a war.”

March 16, 2022

From the 1961 movie "The Guns of Navarone"

If this seems dated (it’s inspired by a Christmas movie, after all), consider this: The best of stories are, or should be, universal and timeless. And thus a breath-catching moment early in the recent season’s Netflix movie, “A Boy Called Christmas.”  I’ve tucked it in my… Read More

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“… sequestered neighborhoods and old hates that die hard or leave a residue …”

December 17, 2021

The character Tookie, in Louise Erdrich's novel "The Sentence"

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“That’s what writing is, after all the nonsense…”

November 4, 2021

Ocean Vuong in his novel, "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous"

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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