Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: How to get the attention of a senior editor at Smithsonian Magazine

November 14, 2017

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz says of story pitches she accepts: "There has to be something surprising and narratively interesting there."

Narrative News

“Won’t it be a fine day when anthology specifically focused on women journalists won’t make any sense?”

November 10, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Holly Gleason and “Woman Walk the Line: How the Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives”

November 9, 2017

The editor of the new anthology talks about the joys of being subversive and using country music to talk about female empowerment

Why is it great? Take a look at the publication date: 1792. That’s more than two centuries ago, and two things are remarkable about this fact. 1) That Wollstonecraft, the mother of “Frankenstein” author Mary … Read more

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Patsy Sims and “The Stories We Tell: Classic True Tales by America’s Greatest Women Journalists”

November 7, 2017

The anthology, which includes Joan Didion and Lillian Ross, puts a deserved spotlight on female writers (and perhaps will give Gay Talese a few ideas when he's next asked about them)

Narrative News

For Halloween week, supernatural podcasts and the haunting of Joan Didion

November 3, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Narrative News

The Joan Didion documentary: a nephew’s loving portrait of “a cool customer”

November 2, 2017

The Netflix film is touching but not sentimental, revealing her ability to be a seemingly dispassionate observer -- as a reporter and also a grieving widow

5 Questions

This American Afterlife: Aaron Mahnke and the spooky podcast (and TV show) “Lore”

October 31, 2017

The creator of the hugely popular true-life scary stories talks about his love for the supernatural and getting listeners to follow him down dark tunnels

Why is it great? For Halloween, I decided to use this wonderfully spooky line from Mark Twain (who in his writing and his speaking was a true master of the Great Sentence). Starting with the … Read more

Narrative News

Reporting on racism in America: One writer confronted with rage, another driven by it

October 27, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Narrative News

Nikole Hannah-Jones on reporting about racial inequality: “What drives me is rage”

October 26, 2017

At the Power of Storytelling conference, the writer talks about Charlottesville and entrenched racism that reaches back 400 years in America