Saturday, April 26, 2008

The most compelling story you'll read this year

That's what Esquire said about Chris Jones' story "The Things that Carried Him." And they were right. The story traces the journey of Sgt. Joe Montgomery, from the roadside where he was killed in Iraq, back to Scottsburg, Indiana. Jones captures every detail and paces his story in such a way that each one hits hard. To get it, Jones talked to more than 100 people to write the story, almost all of them in person. It's the best magazine story I've read in two years.

So print it out (it was 17 pages in print), take an hour, read it and post what you think. There's a lot to learn from here.