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“The Power of Storytelling,” Part 4: Chris Jones on why stories matter, Pat Walters on endings, Walt Harrington on integrity

In Part 3 of our recap of Romania’s “Power of Storytelling” conference on narrative journalism, radio producer Starlee Kine talked about story forms and themes; Esquire‘s Mike Sager talked about listening, and about suspending disbelief; and Pulitzer winner Alex Tizon talked about writing one’s own story. In Part 2, Pulitzer winner Jacqui Banaszynski wrote a short essay about why she and eight other North American [...]

Video narrative, #longreads and more

Keeping you up to date on all things Storyboard, we’d like to point out a few new features and opportunities you might have missed. *We’ve collected some of our most popular chats with narrative storytellers in a new #longreads section, where you can read Q-and-A’s with David Grann, Pam Colloff, Buzz Bissinger, Gay Talese, Jeanne Marie [...]

“Why’s this so good?” No. 48: Burkhard Bilger noodles a catfish

The story I want to tell you about, “In the Monster’s Maw,” was published in 1997, and that’s important. Because in 1997, when Burkhard Bilger went out to Oklahoma for The Atlantic, to write about noodling for catfish, few people knew what noodling was. You probably do. You’ve seen it on YouTube: a guy is [...]

What we’re reading: marking time, bugging Franzen and the gaming culture of jihad

Here are a set of recent stories for your reading enjoyment, gathered from Los Angeles to London. They each deal with the collision between one understanding of the world and another: in traumatic experiences, literary encounters and visions of jihad. “The Possibilian” by Burkhard Bilger in The New Yorker. Researcher David Eagleman drops study subjects from [...]

Rebecca Skloot on narrating history: “looking for that one family, that one person, that one moment that will help hold everything together”

We spoke this week with Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” A longtime science writer with a commitment to narrative, Skloot has written for The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Discover, among other publications. Her book recounts the story of an African-American tobacco farmer whose cancer cells [...]