Students from Jan Winburn's trauma reporting class at the University of Montana. Winburn is second from the left in the first row, behind her dog, Boomer.

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

One Great Moment

“… 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"

One Great Moment

“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

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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