Cynthia Gorney in her home writing office, learning to podcast

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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

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An alligator attack sparks a Facebook attack – and an invitation to reconsider meanness

September 13, 2018

After a woman drowns saving her dog from an alligator, a reporter sits on a nearby bench and poses a challenge to the trolls who would shame her

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Rebecca Solnit’s long and winding road through the tangled tale of politics

September 4, 2018

Shop Class: Matching sentence structure to story tone and purpose

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Shadows cast on the love of a game

July 3, 2018

How the profile of a sweet sport led to news scoops and a dark mystery, and how the mystery drove a narrative

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It came from the sewers of London: the utterly disgusting (yet fascinating) fatberg

April 12, 2018

In The New York Times Magazine's quirky "Letter of Recommendation" column, Nicola Twilley examines the charms of a monstrous subterranean clot formed by the detritus of a genteel city

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Katharine Seelye and “Life on an Island: Silence, Beauty and a Long Wait for the Ferry”

March 20, 2018

In a lyrical New York Times story that resonated with readers, the writer juxtaposes the hardship and the loveliness of winter on a remote Maine island

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Eva Holland and “Get Schooled in the No-Nonsense Art of Survival”

March 15, 2018

Writing for Outside magazine on an "Extreme Polar" camp, she decides to focus on fun -- and wonder -- instead of macho explorer suffering

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Peter Stark and “As Freezing Persons Recollect the Snow – First – Chill – Then Stupor – Then the Letting Go –”

February 22, 2018

Twenty years on, this wonderful second-person narrative about hypothermia, a writing tour de force, is still one of Outside magazine's most-read stories

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William Langewiesche and “Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight”

February 13, 2018

The prize-winning magazine writer's first book is a blueprint for the world as he sees it, exploring themes to come in the next 20 years

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Francisco Cantú and “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border”

February 1, 2018

The memoir of his life with the Border Patrol combines lyricism and pain, highlighting by turns the futility, absurdity and uniqueness of his time there

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Why’s This So Good? (The wonderful) Dan Barry and “The Lost Children of Tuam”

January 15, 2018

The New York Times reporter writes, with his trademark humanity, of a terrible secret unearthed at an Irish "mother and baby" home

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“The Uncounted”: combining the power of narrative with an 18-month investigation

January 11, 2018

For The New York Times Magazine, Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal humanize the victims as they reveal undercounts of Iraqi civilian deaths by U.S. airstrikes