Love and Ruin: Tales of Obsession, Danger, and Heartbreak from The Atavist Magazine

Love and Ruin Tales of Obsession Danger and Heartbreak from The Atavist Magazine Extraordinary stories of crime passion and adventure from The Atavist magazine the trailblazing leader in longform narrative writing Since its founding in The Atavist has garnered an unpreced

  • Title: Love and Ruin: Tales of Obsession, Danger, and Heartbreak from The Atavist Magazine
  • Author: Evan Ratliff
  • ISBN: 9780393352719
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extraordinary stories of crime, passion, and adventure from The Atavist magazine, the trailblazing leader in longform narrative writing.Since its founding in 2011, The Atavist has garnered an unprecedented eight National Magazine Award nominations and was the first all digital publication to win in feature writing This collection presents the finest examples of a new kindExtraordinary stories of crime, passion, and adventure from The Atavist magazine, the trailblazing leader in longform narrative writing.Since its founding in 2011, The Atavist has garnered an unprecedented eight National Magazine Award nominations and was the first all digital publication to win in feature writing This collection presents the finest examples of a new kind of nonfiction storytelling as practiced by a young generation of longform experts The collection includes Leslie Jamison s landmark portrait of a lonely whale named 52 Blue, Matthew Shaer s harrowing account of a shipwreck during Hurricane Sandy, and James Verini s prize winning tale of romance and courage in Afghanistan.The fascinating and original writing in Love and Ruin demonstrates why The Atavist has become the leader in publishing remarkable can t look away pieces of multimedia journalism New York Times.

    • ☆ Love and Ruin: Tales of Obsession, Danger, and Heartbreak from The Atavist Magazine ☆ Evan Ratliff
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    About “Evan Ratliff

    • Evan Ratliff

      Evan Ratliff is the editor of The Atavist magazine His writing has appeared in Wired, where he is a contributing editor The New Yorker National Geographic and other publications He is also the story editor of Pop Up Magazine, a live event.

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    • If you followed my notes and status reports, you know I LOVED this book I ve been looking for something like this for a long time high quality narrative nonfiction longform journalism I didn t realize, until I saw this book on the shelf at the library, that The Atavist magazine is just this sort of publication The book is a collection of pieces from The Atavist, richly varied and immersive There was not an overarching theme here other than writers and journalists who like to dig in to their subj [...]


    • won this book on Never heard of The Atavist Magazine before I received this book Now i check it out onlins all the time Journalism at its finest by gifted writes.


    • This is a print volume of stories that first appeared on the internet on Atavist a story telling website that integrates various media in the story I picked the book up in Powell s in Portland, Oregon It wasn t on my reading list, but I opened the book to a true story, My Mother s Lover , and was hooked.My favorite story was set in Fresno, the town in California where I grew up Jahnos Big John Birges, an immigrant from Hungary, settles in Fresno As things happen in Fresno, he settles in, gets ma [...]


    • I checked this out of the library just before the beginning of summer, but had to put it aside until I finished my summer bookbingo because it didn t fit any category What a treasure I can t believe my library let me renew it so many times More people need to know about this collection of long form articles from the online magazine The Atavist.I was attracted by the cover and title, but stayed for the stories There wasn t a dud in the bunch Have you heard of 52 Hertz, the loneliest blue whale Wh [...]


    • Many of the writers involved in this book I admire and follow, so this was a disappointment The last few stories saved the first few I am unsure how they selected, but they need a better process because there are so many good longform stories out there and they selected maybe, at most, one or two of them for this book.


    • There is bound to be an article in this you d like It covers memoirs, family investigation, animals, history, and crime I have to say I enjoyed all of them There was maybe one that at one point got a little slow but otherwise I was engaged and read through these pretty fast It was good stuff


    • The absolute perfect read for nonfiction longread fans The essays were almost all stellar and stayed with me and were almost all the perfect bedtime read length , and I know I ll be pushing this Atavist subscriptions on friends and library patrons for years to come LONGREADS FOREVER LONG LIVE LONGREADS.



    • 52 The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the WorldThere is no way to find what we ve been looking for, only perhaps to find what that thing has become.


    • An anthology of quality narrative nonfiction originally published in The Atavist Magazine, Love and Ruin is a collection worth your time, money, and affection I ve been following The Atavist for a while, so I was familiar with their work and had high expectations I bought myself the book for my birthday, let it sit for a while, and finally read it from cover to cover.Each piece is focused on something entirely different The only common thread is that described in the title and subtitle Love and [...]


    • I wasn t sure what to expect from this collection of essays, as I wasn t familiar with the writers I didn t read the book in order, but chose stories randomly Most of the writing was thought provoking and in no way a flat, non fiction reporting of facts Creative non fiction flows cleanly from beginning to end, just as these essays did It s hard to choose a favorite out of the collection, but When We Are Called to Part by Brooke Jarvis is certainly one of the top stories It is about the last acti [...]


    • This book is an anthology of articles that appeared in the online magazine The Atavist I d never heard of it before I picked up the book, but it turned out I was familiar with some of the editor s other work his podcast Longform in which he interviews journalists about their craft Most of the stories in the collection were about quirky tidbits in history, and two were personal family stories, but the biggest page turner was of the true crime variety If you like slightly off beat non fiction, you [...]


    • Received this in a giveaway here on There s some discussion in the introduction about what to call this type of writing most of it doesn t quite feel like journalism, like storytelling that just happens to be true Some lean toward memoir, while others are like a reported magazine story But several are unclassifiable, fascinating pieces about things I would never have guessed I d have any interest in Brooke Jarvis piece about the last days of a leper colony in Hawaii, for instance who knew tho [...]


    • First of all, I must comment the whole The Atavist Magazine and their mission This book was an introduction to me of their online magazine I hope to enjoy from them in the future.I enjoyed each and every story in this collect for different reasons They were all sad tales and I usually do not enjoy sad tales to much This collection was the exception for me.Not only was each true tale sad, it was also weird Each weirdness factor in each story tickled my fancy in different ways I love the trip and [...]


    • 36 Book 64 explores the difference between obsession and curiosity The true stories collected here were mostly mildly interesting, but the standout was AMERICAN HIPPOPOTAMUS by John Mooallem Recommended only for those who enjoy history and long journalistic pieces.


    • I won this book in a contest The stories were all interesting and well written.The collection was a mix of all different types of genres so anyone would be able to enjoy a few of the stories no matter what they liked to read.


    • These were really well written essays Some had me at the edge of my seat I really enjoyed reading these and took my time with this book My favorite essay was the essay about a lost love during the war.


    • Not all of these impeccably researched features were winners, but the ones that were blew me away My favorites were The Sinking of the Bounty, When We Are Called To Part, 52 Blue and the title piece.





    • Good storiesWell told Obviously told of real people Gives credence to you can t make this stuff up Highly recommend these stories.


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