"As far as I'm concerned, we're living in an age of great nonfiction writing, in the same way that the 1920s and '30s were a golden age for American popular song. Giants walk among us. Cole Porters and George Gershwins and Duke Ellingtons of nonfiction storytelling. They're trying new things and doing pirouettes with the form. But nobody talks about it that way."
-- Ira Glass
Things I'm trying to figure out with newspaper nonfiction:
1. How to abandon 'nut graf' orientation and replace it with a stroy arc.
2. How to have a theme.
3. How to build scenes which move quickly enough.
4. How to take the reporting time required.
5. How to get people to read for 'stories,' rather than 'info.'
Jan 5, 2008
By Daniel Silliman at 1:59 AM