It is always a real pleasure when doing work for The Power of Storytelling. It is a fabulous event by the team that brought you DoR (Decât o Revistă – http://decatorevista.ro), centred around the idea and practice of long-form journalism featuring incredibly talented journalists around the world. And by “incredible talented” we mean Pulitzer-level, writing for the greatest journals in the world (Esquire, New York Times, The New Yorker and such). We tell you, we are very happy to partner with these guys and help them our with the digital endeavours. For the second year we did the ebooks they give away for free to participants. This time we complimented the epub and mobi formats with a special iPad-special edition (best typography there is, beautiful images, excellent reading experience for iPad owners). I hope you all like it.
Here is the what you get when you download the files:
This collection is a curated package of “news you can feel,” ten essays, profiles and narratives that tell important stories from today’s Romania, stories that illuminate present day struggles with minority rights, inclusive education, immigration, and parenting. They were all published in Decât o Revistă (DoR), an independent nonfiction quarterly magazine. DoR began in 2009 as a platform for narrative journalism and personal essays that would investigate, describe and engage the Romanian cultural, social and economic zeitgeist, and tell its stories with precision, mastery, and heart.
The aim of the pieces in this collection, most of which were published in 2012 and 2013, is to present large societal issues through the lens of the individual story, making them relatable and understandable. All good stories follow a character as he comes face to face with a problem, which he struggles to overcome. The struggle changes him, even if the outcome was successful or not. This is the definition of good narrative, and we strongly believe narrative is a tool that can create community.
Maybe it can even change hearts and minds.
And here are the files to download for free: