The Story Close Reads
Unearth the hidden stories buried in world events and cultural phenomena.
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- 30 Jun 2022
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The climate crisis has sparked its own literary genre. Is it just morbid entertainment, or could ‘cli-fi’ actually help us avert disaster?
Reality TV is bringing sports like F1 to the uninitiated. Fans say the format shines a light on a world usually hidden from view by media gatekeepers. Others aren’t so sure.
Before he was president of a country under siege, Volodymyr Zelensky was a comedian. Has he transferred the skills he learned on the comedy circuit to the diplomatic stage?
How do you turn 140,000 legal documents into a primetime TV phenomenon? You call James Goldston.
What the story of the “Irish Atlantis” says about our need to make sense of an uncertain world.
Has Grace Tame’s refusal to bargain with power changed the rules around public advocacy in Australia?
The bazillionaire once listed a dozen storytelling elements every Amazon TV show had to include. They say more about our obsession with rules than they do about making good TV.
Why country songs are the tabloid journalism of music (and tabloid journalism is the country music of news)
They're often derided for their ‘so bad they’re good’ wordplay. But there’s a skill to crafting the perfect country song title—and journalists would do well to take note.
If Labor versus Liberal sometimes feels like Campbell’s Soup verus Heinz, that’s no accident.
The conspiracy theory, which borrowed from the creative writing community to tell its story, has more in common with Harry Potter than you might think.