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Shared Prayers, Mixed Blessings

By Notable Narratives November 16, 2004

This is a fascinating account of an integrated Fundamentalist southern church and its courageous struggles with race. Through his focus on two church couples, one white and one black, Sack deciphers the congregation’s complex mix of attitudes and history, their … Read more

The French Fry Connection

By Notable Narratives November 16, 2004

This series has global reach, an international cast of characters—and shows that, to paraphrase Tip O’Neil, “all economics is local.” Read seeks to explain the wide repercussions of the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990’s by following a load … Read more

Against All Odds

By Notable Narratives November 16, 2004

Suskind won a 1995 Pulitzer for feature writing for this story and its sequel. He later published a book: “A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League.” His story’s protagonist, Cedric, is … Read more

Growing Up, Growing Apart

By Notable Narratives November 12, 2004

The eighth installment in The New York Times race series may be the least narrative, in the sense that it is more an organized, persuasive collection of reporting—quotes, background, information—than a story that moves through time. But like good narrative, … Read more

Building Character: A Checklist

By Story Craft October 15, 2004

Newspaper folks talk a lot about getting people into stories. But all too often that means trotting out direct quotes from a variety of sources. True characterization taps an array of techniques that novelists … Read more

The Line Between Fact and Fiction

By Story Craft September 7, 2004

Journalists should report the truth. Who would deny it? But such a statement does not get us far enough, for it fails to distinguish nonfiction from other forms of expression. Novelists can reveal great truths about the human condition, and … Read more

A Quiet Crusade

By Notable Narratives July 28, 2004

Shane links infant mortality in Nepal to the U.S.’s own history. He takes a muscular approach to the topic by pointing out the paradox inherent in public health: treating people as statistics in order to save lives. We welcome this … Read more