On taking the “glass-bottom-boat approach” in first-person writing to interpret painful stories for your readers
Sounds like you could take a page from Poe and write, in a short story format, about your life and experiences that most of us will never be exposed to.
Brilliantly written. This really is a format designed for your model of journalism. I take exception to the phrase you used, that you write articles that make people cry - I find you write articles that make people think and care. And with your Congo series, you effected change and justice for those girls.
I know journalism is going through a very rough period these days and wish there was some way to fix that. Maybe the goings-on at Twitter will encourage people to find other (better) sources for their news. They couldn't do better than with you.
Sending big hugs!
First article I’ve read on Substack. Excellent work, enjoy the audio version.
Courageous approach and take. Thanks for sharing, Lauren.
Writing is an art form where being noticed and well revieved is its reward. Keep scribbling getting your voices out there cause: we need to unf**k up so many things needing fixen
*Happy Holidays* **Peace**
Thank you Laurn. We surely need you now... More of you now, to fill the crevices and cracks until truth becomes the holy grail, and anyone who tries to squash down, only get their feet burned. Fuzz
Thanks for sharing! Loved listening to this.
Can someone explain how to stand out an engage an audience on the mundane parts of life?
Lauren, Thank you for this piece. I found it motivating. D
Wow Lauren Wolfe. Courage in words & action 👏
This was very inspiring and affirmative
Very thoughtful piece. Thank you!
Big support 🙂
Sorry for the brutal stuff you endured. Why people can be so mean is beyond my understanding. Perhaps leaving the NYTimes was a good thing as I believe they play a large role in the distrust of journalism you mention, (although there are terrific reporters there too) . They are just biased in their reporting, in my opinion, and you are better off doing your own thing. I admire your resiliency in the face of tumult and think you are brave and self- aware. Best wishes to you in a tough business ; we need people like YOU. Godspeed.
Thank you Lauren: You’re engaged in the hard but necessary work! Media has become so incredibly fractured, polarized and biased on both sides. We need you now. Keep up the good work. Btw: I’m late to the dance party: Why did you get fired?
‘Sincere American Writing’
Lauren: any advice on how to even start writing about traumatic experiences? Does it help you process what you’ve seen/experienced - or does it make things worse having to revisit them?