Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: Jason Fagone on Landing “The Willy Wonka of Pot” in Grantland

October 10, 2017

As we launch a series about the mystical art of pitching longform stories, the longtime freelancer does the coolest thing: He annotates one of his own

Narrative News

A mass shooting in the news, and loss also in longform — but always, always hope

October 6, 2017

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

5 Questions

New York’s “Subway Therapist” and his collage of a city’s hopes and fears

October 5, 2017

As the scribbled sticky notes come out in book form, Levee talks about spending his days collecting tiny fingerprints of commuters' psyches

Why is it great? This sentence is one of the most vivid metaphors I’ve ever read. It captures the helplessness of a life of desperation, where you can’t even jump from the window, just stare … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

Ellen Barry and “How to Get Away with Murder in Small-Town India”

October 3, 2017

The New York Times foreign correspondent talks about her sensational last story from India, in which she uses first person to unparalleled effect

Narrative News

Zooming in on two of America’s biggest stories: culture wars and opioid epidemic

September 29, 2017

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

Why is it great? Written long before every person carried a camera, before Facebook, back when “streaming” was just what water did as it coursed through its bed, Goyen, raised in a small town in … Read more

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Texas journalist Krys Boyd and the art of the radio interview

September 26, 2017

The longtime host of "Think" talks about preparing for her daily show, and how radio is a form of oral storytelling -- "I think it’s stronger than ever"

Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: The Cincinnati Enquirer’s stunning “Seven Days of Heroin”

September 25, 2017

A writer and editor talk about wrangling 60 staffers and a deluge of copy -- and creating a riveting portrait of the human face of the opioid epidemic

Narrative News

For film week, home movies and drive-ins (and David Foster Wallace on David Lynch)

September 22, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Photographer Lindsay Rickert and “Drive-In America”

September 21, 2017

She spent 65 days on the road, covering 12,000 miles, in search of this fast-disappearing artifact of the country's past -- and its summer memories

Why is it great? Yes, it’s three sentences. But it’s one brilliant summation of journalists, from the best-written movie about journalists of all time. God, the banter in the screenplay! I love how this line … Read more