This piece is typical of a certain type of piece in women’s magazines: the first-person science story. In a companionable and accessible voice, Skloot links complicated science to her own life and thus provides useful information about a question that many readers relate to. In the end we’re not sure the piece quite qualifies as journalism; it’s more like advice (which is of course what women’s magazines specialize in). But the general approach—of using an affable voice to explain complex topics—is instructive.

Read “Why Is It So Damn Hard to Change,” by Rebecca Skloot

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