When writing a profile, you’ll need to upend your assumptions and tour someone’s inner and outer life with radical openness.
Writing about other people’s lives is an exercise in trust, empathy, self-awareness and humility. We don’t always get it right, but it’s our job to keep trying.
On the art and science of convincing people to share their stories: It’s about sincerity.
Stuck in the air in a wounded airplane, with a crash-landing imminent, a pilot reflects on Orwell’s “power of facing unpleasant facts.”
At the airport, a Syrian doctor starts a casual conversation that becomes something much more than that.
When a daughter struggles with self-esteem, a dad quietly boosts her out of the nest.
The dangers inherent in unskilled renovation, unequal shovel fights, and falling in love with a piece of real estate
The how, when, and where of a writer’s “process,” sure. But more importantly, the why.