In an era of the binge, narrative patience is a rare and highly prized virtue. Here are some storytelling tips from Julie Snyder and Sarah Koenig, the co-creators of the most rivering radio story in decades — Serial. And no, they don’t put a lot of emphasis on endings.
Here’s a dizzyingly comprehensive history of the New York Times‘ Style section. The beloved/begrudged section that’s been called:
“…Out of touch, tardy, overwrought, clumsy, as well as presenting uncritical work in the language of the very critical, but also peevish, strange, unexpected and, as an institution, strangely comprehensive and coherent. Like a marathon watching of “Sex and the City,” a sustained reading of Styles reveals more about both the culture and New York City than you might think from a look at a single issue.”
Xu Lizhi, a 24-year-old factory worker at Foxconn took his life earlier this month. He also left behind haunting, tragic Upton Sinclair-worthy poetry about the reality of factory life.
Quinn Norton, who spent four years in Puerto Rico in a constant state of lazing and procrastination, writes a charming argument against the mechanical dream of productivity and Making Every Moment Count that enshrouds America.
This week, Kristine Potter’s West Point photograph series went viral. After she asked BuzzFeed to take the post of her photographs down when her work and her subjects were harassed, they complied. Potter now says she’s astonished by the way in which context floods away when art goes viral:
“When the work got displayed on Buzzfeed, the audience grew exponentially, and it did not benefit from my thorough contextualization. Suddenly, a quarter-of-a-million people saw it in one day and saw it in the same way you might see “21 Cute Kittens For Your Monday Morning.” The comment section filled up with puzzling remarks from mostly current and former cadets. It was all terribly negative and shocking to me.”
Writer Allen Kurzweil spent decades thinking of his childhood bully, the one who called him “Nosey” and, even once, whipped him. This is what happened when, forty years later, he finds him.