Impressive feat: In 2016, Jessica Rinaldi won a Pulitzer prize for feature photography and was also named a finalist in the same category for her story about a single mother from East Boston who was addicted to heroin and struggling to hold her family together.

Narrative News

“London is a very dangerous subject for a writer, because it will always betray you”

April 13, 2018

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

Why's This So Good?

It came from the sewers of London: the utterly disgusting (yet fascinating) fatberg

April 12, 2018

In The New York Times Magazine's quirky "Letter of Recommendation" column, Nicola Twilley examines the charms of a monstrous subterranean clot formed by the detritus of a genteel city

Why is it great? Well, first of all, it comes from the great Sarah Lyall, who was the longtime London correspondent for The New York Times. She has such a wonderful voice: charming, funny, intimate. Read more

Digital Storytelling

Sharing a cup of tea with London blogger “The Gentle Author”

April 10, 2018

The writer behind the popular Spitalfields Life blog talks about intimacy, forming a community and a deep love for the East End

Narrative News

Point of view: a powerful narrative tool

April 6, 2018

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

Story Craft

The New Yorker’s “Lost Giant of American Literature” and the prism of race

April 5, 2018

In both the first novel by William Melvin Kelley and recent article by Kathryn Schulz, the story of blacks is told by whites

Digital Storytelling

Newest Americans: stories of immigrants who help make the country great

April 3, 2018

The collaborative project asks: "What could be more salient at a time when our nation is debating what it means to be American and who deserves to claim that mantle?”

Why is it so great? When I was looking for a One Great Sentence dealing with immigration, I was struck by the differences between America’s two presidents named Roosevelt. In the one above, FDR reminds … Read more

Narrative News

The Power of Narrative conference captures the #MeToo zeitgeist

March 29, 2018

With writers like Roxane Gay, the Globe's Sacha Pfeiffer and The New York Times' Emily Steel, the yearly gathering focused on the uncomfortable truths of sexual abuse

Narrative News

Ida B. Wells and Roxane Gay — fierce women of color born a century apart, writing of difficult truths

March 30, 2018

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

Why is it so great? I found this quote from the absolutely amazing Ida B. Wells after The New York Times righted an old wrong by publishing her obit — almost exactly 87 years after … Read more

Why is it great? Tom Stoppard is one of our greatest wordsmiths, wildly intelligent and witty, while still revealing the pathos of his characters. This line is a perfect example of his genius. It uses … Read more