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Romancing the moon in the reality of time

August 15, 2019

Esquire politics blogger Charles P. Pierce shines light on the "historical transcendence" of the moon landing by framing it in a darker context

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A tribute to the “beauty and power” of work by novelist Toni Morrison

August 6, 2019

Roy Peter Clark: What I learned about writing from reading Toni Morrison

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Stories that beget stories

July 18, 2019

Powerful stories can be found in old photos, obituaries, memory — and little-known, long-ago lives

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Haunting old photos — and happenstance — launch a search for answers

July 17, 2019

The research obsession of an investigative reporter, the writing discipline of an editor, and the heart of a father merge to shape a sad, sweet narrative

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A tribute: On Herman Wouk and the incandescence of “Youngblood Hawke”

May 28, 2019

A 12-year-old Chip Scanlan "borrowed" his brother's book, read under the covers by flashlight, and vowed to become a writer

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Avoiding false judgments in journalism about Trump’s evangelical supporters

April 11, 2019

A religion scholar assesses how the Washington Post's Stephanie McCrummen avoids predictable pitfalls in "Judgment Days"

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What the “Insect Apocalypse” reveals about faulty human memory

February 19, 2019

Brooke Jarvis takes windshield wipers to environmental blindness

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Yes, everyone, there is a reason to believe …

December 25, 2018

From one crusty newspaperman in 19th century to another in the 21st, the "Yes, Virginia" letter endures, transcending time and cynicism

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When syncopation rocks a nation: “Hamilton” enthralls fifth-graders (and parents) with a rockin’ story of history

November 28, 2018

Shop class: What the hit musical teaches about the art and reach of narrative

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Eulogy for Paradise: A breaking news story framed as the profile and history of a town

November 15, 2018

Lizzie Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle dared a different route to a dramatic fire story

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A brother’s death, written by a sister, channeling their mother’s voice

November 8, 2018

Writer Kitty Sheehan reconstructs the day of her brother's death from her mother's perspective — observed, interviewed and imagined

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How a Rubik’s cube helped a father understand the puzzle of his son

September 28, 2018

New York Times sports reporter John Branch explores competitive "speedcubing," where awkward outsiders find a home