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Pearls before Breakfast, Reprised

By Short Takes September 30, 2014

Almost anyone who loves narrative journalism or music or social experiments or who simply believes that children are wiser than adults knows the Gene Weingarten story “Pearls Before Breakfast.” In this Washington Post magazine piece, which won the 2008 … Read more

Required Reading, Session Two

By Short Takes September 9, 2014

Welcome to the second session of our discussion with narrative instructors about the stories they’re assigning students this fall. If you missed Monday’s recommendations from Alex Kotlowitz, Doug Foster and Kelley Benham French, you can … Read more

Required Reading, Session One

By Short Takes September 8, 2014

As the academic year gets underway, we decided to ask some top narrative journalism instructors what they’re assigning their students to study this semester and why. There are some tried-and-true favorites, certainly. You might expect Susan Orlean‘s … Read more

3 (Stories) for 2 (Days)

By Short Takes September 5, 2014

It’s time for Storyboard’s three weekend picks. Here they are: In honor of Roger Federer’s gritty performance in Thursday’s U.S. Open quarterfinal, it seems fitting to re-read David Foster Wallace’s 2006 essay about him in The New … Read more

3 (Stories) for 3 (Days)

By Short Takes August 29, 2014

In between those end-of-summer barbecues and final visits to the beach, make time for some good storytelling this Labor Day holiday. Here are Storyboard’s three weekend picks: Writing for GQ in “The Strange & Curious Tale of the … Read more