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I started pitching this story and found that no one was interested. I spent months just sending out emails. The thing that stayed with me most is that I went to an editor at a magazine that basically told me verbatim, ‘If you can repitch this and tell me, in the Hollywood version of this story, who would Julia Roberts play, then I would consider it.’ That was definitely the low moment of my journalistic career. I realized that people need a character to care about. And without that, you’re just not going to get very far in a longform piece. You had to have actual human beings that people can invest in. People don’t really care about issues so much as they care about the stories and the characters that bring those issues to life.

Sarah Stillman, quoted in my BuzzFeed piece “19 Writing Tips From Writers And Editors For The New Yorker

Listen to a full Q&A with Stillman over at the Longform podcast.

Apr 13, 2014 / 7 notes
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Read about this week’s cover, “The Best Medicine,” by Barry Blitt: http://nyr.kr/1kCnkwy
Apr 7, 2014 / 396 notes

newyorker:

Read about this week’s cover, “The Best Medicine,” by Barry Blitt: http://nyr.kr/1kCnkwy

Feb 26, 2014

Hilton Als is fascinating. Watch his talk at The New School here, and check out his book White Girls, out now.

The people I’m interested in – whether to hire or to read – are obsessed.
David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker
Jan 25, 2014 / 5 notes