Every week, I shine the spotlight on some of the best storytelling in the business and offer my comments. “3 Great Stories of the Week” will post every Monday at 8 AM.
I always appreciate when a journalist can frame a familiar subject in a completely new light.
This applies to major issues, of course, but it also relates to more seemingly frivolous topics.
If a common thread exists among the following three stories from last week, it would be the storyteller’s ability to bring new appreciation to seemingly simple matters.
How you know where you’re going when you’re in an airport (6/12/14, The Atlantic): For the second straight year, I have purchased a book based on nothing but a brief passage.
Last year it was Andrew Carroll’s brilliant Here Is Where. This year it is David Zweig’s Invisibles.
And this passage is what got me to click “PURCHASE”.
Zweig tours the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, and studies the meticulous ways in which its designers enable it to function without error.
(Almost without error, anyway. This is an airport we’re talking about.)
This particular selection is not long, but it remains informative and well written. A reader can choose to take the preferred next step — buying the book — or walk away having still gained a nice perspective into the inner workings of airports. (more…)