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 story — like many of my favorites). The thought: blogging should be a priority again. So here I am, folks. I’m coming back. And I’m starting with an overview of what I’ve been reading over the past few months, outside of the Bible, my middle/high school journals, published books, and lots of college promotion materials (life of a university marketing copywriter).
The Rising by Richard Sanchez, 5280: The Denver Magazine
A narrative about individuals and families impacted by last fall’s flooding in Colorado — flooding considered one of Colorado’s worst recorded natural disasters.
The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic
A look at the paranoid parenting that actually hurts kids more than it helps.
Argo by Joshuah Bearman, Epic Magazine
The true story that was the basis for the film of the same name. An account of the bizarre, yet successful escape of six Americans from Iran during the U.S. Hostage Crisis of 1980 (the same time period, by the way, as the true story of Miracle).
Deep Sea Cowboys by Joshua Davis, Epic Magazine
What does it take to wrangle a ship loaded with 4,703 Mazdas into its proper upright position? Ask these professionals. This is one of those stories (like most good nonfiction) that if someone were to make it up, no one would believe it, but the fact that it happened and is unbelievable is exactly what makes it a good piece.
The Body Electric by Ferris Jabr, Outside Magazine
What does lightning do to the human body? No one really knows — even though 90 percent of the more than 500 Americans struck each year actually survive.