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Annotation Tuesday! Rebecca Skloot and the wild dogs of New York

Before Rebecca Skloot published the bestselling The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, she wrote magazines stories about science and about animals. You may remember her New York Times magazine piece “Fixing Nemo,” about goldfish surgery, and her O, the Oprah Magazine story on the neuroscience of why it’s so hard to change. In one of [...]

Notable Narratives: Two writers, one tough subject

Two notable narratives for your consideration this week, both on the loss of a loved one, to cancer: In “The Day I Started Lying to Ruth,” a long reported essay in New York magazine, Memorial Sloan Kettering oncologist Peter Bach captures death and grief in a deeply intimate and recognizable way. Note the measured elegance [...]

Annotation Tuesday! Tom Wolfe and “Radical Chic”

Tom Wolfe and I met twice, in his Upper East Side home, and to answer the inevitable question, no: He never wore a white suit. Dark blazer, dark pants, no hat. We talked for four hours over two days about “Radical Chic,” his New York account of a January 1970 party that Leonard Bernstein held, [...]

#crowdsourced: great examples of the write-around

Last week, a student asked for notable examples of the write-around, that subgenre in which the journalist had limited to no access with the story subject. The most famous examples are Gay Talese’s “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” and, to a lesser extent, Talese’s piece on DiMaggio, “The Silent Season of a Hero.” We took the question to [...]

National Magazine Award winners + bonus reads

Five stories that you must stop and read, right now: last night’s winners in the National Magazine Awards for feature writing, reporting, essays, multimedia and fiction (you don’t need us to remind you that there’s a lot to learn about narrative nonfiction from short stories and novels). Below are the five must-reads — plus bonus [...]

The Music of Narrative: Songs from great literary journalism

A story without sound lies too dead on the page. Imagine “Mrs. Kelly’s Monster,” by Jon Franklin, without the pop … pop … pop of the operating-room sensors. Or Tom Wolfe’s “The Girl of the Year” — the 1964 New York magazine classic on “it” girl Jane Holzer — without the manic rhythms: She is gorgeous [...]

Storytelling for the win: This year’s ASME finalists

This year’s National Magazine Award nominations in the features, multimedia, reporting and essay/criticism categories cover conflict, immigration, violence, grief, the abortion wars and more, from a host of talented journalists representing a range of publications. The American Society of Magazine Editors will announce the winners on May 1, in New York. Read the full list [...]

The Storyboard shortlist on crime writing and empathy

Texas Monthly’s Pamela Colloff tweeted the following yesterday morning: This reminded us of an NYU course that Ted Conover has taught, called “The Journalism of Empathy,” in which graduate students are asked to deeply consider, and even inhabit, the lives of the people they’re writing about. Conover, author of books including Coyotes: A Journey across [...]

“Why’s this so good?” No. 75: Dan P. Lee and the father who lost everything

My estimable friend and former colleague Paul Kix recently wrote a column in this space on John Jeremiah Sullivan. In it he cited an essay Sullivan wrote about the art of writing: A fundamental law of storytelling is: withhold information. As the writer Paul Metcalf put it, “The only real work in creative endeavor is [...]

“Why’s this so good?” No. 67: Dan P. Lee and Travis the killer chimp

It was a sideshow story whose horror was so extravagant that it bordered on vulgarity: On Feb. 16, 2009, a 14-year-old male chimpanzee named Travis, who had been raised from infancy by Nancy Herold, attacked a friend who was visiting her home in Stamford, Conn. Over the next 12 minutes, he ripped or chewed off [...]