Good reads: Obscure, fascinating pieces of history

This post is part of a series recommending longform, narrative nonfiction (as well as other worthwhile writings). The Forgotten Internment by Eva Holland, Maisonneuve You probably know about the Japanese internment that took place in the United States during World War II (if you’re like me, you learned about it through Cynthia Kadohata’s Weedflower). But did you know thatContinue reading “Good reads: Obscure, fascinating pieces of history”

Good Reads: Some are born into craziness, others have craziness thrust upon them

This post is part of a series recommending narrative, longform journalism and nonfiction pieces. The title of this post speaks for itself. Click, read, and be surprised by the stuff that happens in real life. The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogota by Susan Dominus, The New York Times Magazine Two sets of fraternal twins — one from the city, one fromContinue reading “Good Reads: Some are born into craziness, others have craziness thrust upon them”

Good Reads: Risks people take for fishing poles, philosophies, and friendship

This post is part of a series recommending narrative, longform journalism and nonfiction pieces. Is it worth it? It could be anything. A dive into alligator-infested waters, a move away from everything you know, a climb up a stretch of rock others have labelled unclimbable. Is it worth the risk? Sometimes, we step up to the forksContinue reading “Good Reads: Risks people take for fishing poles, philosophies, and friendship”

Good Reads: Read this after watching Wall-E and you’ll think twice about buying the next iPhone

Philosophers of story spend a lot of energy trying to nail down the purpose of storytelling. We know that people connect through stories, we know that stories mean more than statistics, we know that those who read a lot of stories tend to be more empathetic and gracious, but why do we tell stories in the first place?

The Power of Narrative: A recap

Two weeks ago, I attended The Power of Narrative at Boston University, a conference focused on narrative nonfiction. The night before, I noted the sessions I wanted to attend and wrote out objectives. Following are my objectives and the related things I learned while I was there. 1. Make connections I didn’t talk to that manyContinue reading “The Power of Narrative: A recap”

Good Reads: History and now

This post is part of a series recommending narrative, longform journalism articles — the type of writing I’m nothing short of obsessed with. Sometimes, you started reading an article and you don’t want beauty or fluff or even vivid imagery. Sometimes, you just want to learn something new, something that maybe won’t impact you on theContinue reading “Good Reads: History and now”

Good Reads: I’m coming back

This post is part of a series recommending narrative, longform journalism articles — the type of writing I’m nothing short of obsessed with. It’s been a while, but a thought came to me over the weekend, as I sat in my half-empty apartment by myself after watching Miracle by myself (a movie based on a true storyContinue reading “Good Reads: I’m coming back”

Good Reads: Bionic achievements, hitchhiking moms, and rapping Christians

This is part of a semi-weekly series recommending interesting and well-written longform/narrative nonfiction articles. This week’s picks: The Dream Kickoff by Danielle Elliot, Grantland Paralyzed. Not forever but long enough for walking to seem an eternal impossibility. Enter Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian neuroscientist with a passion to bring the paralyzed to their feet using an exoskeleton controlledContinue reading “Good Reads: Bionic achievements, hitchhiking moms, and rapping Christians”

Good Reads: Investigating cults, drug mules, and Martin Luther King

This is the fifth in a new series of weekly posts recommending well-written narrative nonfiction/longform articles. The Man Who Saves You from Yourself: Going undercover with a cult infiltrator by Nathaniel Rich, Harper’s David Sullivan, a private investigator in LA who specialized in cults, passed away last October, shortly before this article was published. The piece tells the story ofContinue reading “Good Reads: Investigating cults, drug mules, and Martin Luther King”

NYC Week Sixteen: Internship over, or positive self-talk

11:51 pm. MONDAY, MAY 19th. I’ve been in writing mode all day. I haven’t written much, but my mind has been super focused and soaking up everything. My thoughts are toward the future, as in next week, when I come back from my college commencement and return to my bedroom in Queens, my food serviceContinue reading “NYC Week Sixteen: Internship over, or positive self-talk”