The Anthologies of John D’Agata

Literary feuds often feel sad and empty, but intelligent, measured critiques advance human knowledge and get people thinking. Although not a response to the recent Atlantic piece about writer John D’Agata’s take/mistake on the essay form, this piece by another essayist adds many welcome dimensions to this ongoing debate around the definition and nature of the essay, and the role of facts and art in storytelling.

Published: Jul 28, 2016
Length: 33 minutes (8,401 words)

Thank You, Jon Gnagy: An Appreciation of a Predecessor to Bob Ross

Ned Stuckey-French reflects on the host of “Learn to Draw,” the “middlebrow” instructional art show he loved as a kid.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 22, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,204 words)

Alexander Woollcott and Harpo Marx: A Love Story

This week’s Longreads Member Pick is “Alexander Woollcott and Harpo Marx: A Love Story,” by Ned Stuckey-French, originally published in 1999 in culturefront, the former magazine for the New York Council for the Humanities. It’s a story that takes a closer look at the dynamics of a friendship, and the roles we play in each other’s lives.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 30, 2014
Length: 21 minutes (5,289 words)

Don’t Be Cruel: A Brief History of Elvis-Hating in America, Our Member Pick

For this week’s Longreads Member Pick, we’re excited to share “Don’t Be Cruel: A Brief History of Elvis-Hating in America,” from Ned Stuckey-French and The Normal School

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Published: Oct 1, 2012
Length: 19 minutes (4,999 words)