Author Ta-Nehisi Coates sat with Mary Wood, a South Carolina high school teacher, at a July 2023 meeting to discuss the removal of his book,

Short Takes

Goldilocks interviews: Too little, too much and just right

October 13, 2023

When it comes to information from sources, journalists confront everything from locked lips to TMI

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How to write boring wonk

September 19, 2023

A freelancer laments an editor's directive against compelling copy

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A failed lunar landing and a successful marriage

September 13, 2023

Alex Traub's straightforward obit of astronaut wife Marilyn Lovell captures history, character and romance through perfectly selected details

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Story seeds from the garden

September 5, 2023

A community columnist serves zucchini in a four-act play, complete with character development and an encore

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Who says political writing has to be boring?

February 9, 2023

Description, detail and sensory imagery tease out the drama and significance of a typically staid political event

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Punning the way to a point

August 5, 2022

Political satirist Dana Milbank of the Washington Post digs deep into Donald Trump's latest tax-deductible venture

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When writing sparks writing

January 28, 2022

Lines from a Muriel Rukeyser poem echoed forward into the heart of a Christmas movie starring Dame Maggie Smith

Narrative News

An imperfectly perfect photo that honored content over style

January 26, 2021

The photographer who took the soon-to-be-memed image of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at the presidential inauguration tells Rolling Stone why he chose it

Short Takes

Reading (Stephen King) to learn to write

June 3, 2020

A "starter's guide" to the king of terror, from the New York Times, is a reminder that learning happens in many forms