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Equal Treatment

By Notable Narratives December 13, 2006

This piece uses narrative elements in shedding light on an irony of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as it gets worked out at one locus, one institution. The piece is narrative in the sense that it’s about “real” people and contains some … Read more

Father, Son and Holy Rift

By Notable Narratives December 13, 2006

“One by one they fell away, the doctrinal pillars of the house his father built.” This is the story of Chuck Smith, Jr., and his movement away from the stern beliefs and fundamentalist community of his father’s church. The story … Read more

Tay Sachs: At What Cost?

By Notable Narratives December 12, 2006

This piece is in some ways “just” another story about tragically ill children. But it’s also a useful exploration of ethical issues around the lengths parents will go, understandably, to save their sick children. In this case, a doctor uses … Read more

One Spoonful at a Time

By Notable Narratives December 12, 2006

This is a fascinating, moving piece of memoir. We admired the masterly sequencing of the reader’s experience, from evocative scene to background and back to scene. But the background is also plot: Brown the character compulsively gathers information; it’s part … Read more

Voice and Meaning

By Story Craft December 1, 2006

[Editor’s note: This essay first appeared on, “a showcase and resource for new public radio.”] Dear Transomistas, It was daunting to have Jay Allison’s invitation to be a guest on, because I’m no insider to radio production. I … Read more