Thursday, February 21, 2008

A riveting "how" narrative

Rick Lee's story on the 3-year-old boy's death from meningitis is a story I didn't want to read, because of what I knew it would tell me, but it was a story I could not stop reading.

He used 20 words to tell you, in plain but poignant language and sentence structure, what happened. Then he uses the next nine grafs to tell you how it happened, with clarity and detail that evokes the humanity in this tragic story. Through his story, people will connect with this family. That is a tremendous achievement.