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Growth on the Gridiron

By Notable Narratives March 15, 2007

This is an effective and persuasive coming-of-age tale. It’s persuasive in part because it’s not entirely a story of triumph. Shawn McDonald struggles and rails against losses along with his team—but in the end he grows and learns and emerges … Read more

The Deepest Wound

By Notable Narratives March 15, 2007

This elegiac piece is at once memoir and a tribute to both DeSilva’s own father and his generation. It poses a mystery, draws readers in with it and resolves it, with grace and elegance. We admired the structural clarity of … Read more

How They Did It

By Notable Narratives March 15, 2007

This story about the construction of Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art building is a good example of involving readers in an overarching narrative, covering a lot of ground in relatively short space. It’s the kind of topic a paper … Read more

The Champions of Consumption

By Notable Narratives March 14, 2007

Getlen wants us readers to consider—and really, to be persuaded—that competitive eating is just as much a sport as football. We weren’t convinced, but Getlen makes an interesting case. He drew us into a strange world—in which eating 50 hotdogs … Read more

Probing a Mind for a Cure

By Notable Narratives March 14, 2007

This story received the AAAS best science writing award in 2006 for newspapers and appears in Best Science Writing 2007, edited by Gina Kolata. It’s a fine example of both matching hard science and human narrative and using strong writing … Read more

Blighted Homeland

By Notable Narratives March 14, 2007

This is one of those stories that makes us believe all over again in journalism, in its power to bring truth to light. Pasternak’s use of narrative in certain chapters of the piece makes suffering real. These scenes and characters … Read more

The Zen of Joan Didion

By Notable Narratives March 14, 2007

This is a good one for the religion file. It’s a big quote-heavy, narratively speaking, but the voice is quietly companionable, intelligent, sympathetic but detached—a good narrative voice. Writing for a Buddhist magazine, Swick is clearly oriented toward his particular … Read more

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