Welcome to The Real Story

The Real Story is a celebration of creative nonfiction. Not that there’s anything wrong with fiction. Look, we like making stuff up as much as anyone else does, but we’re more excited about the creative possibilities of telling the truth. We love true stories (and even mostly true stories), personal essays, memoirs, diaries, sketches and literary journalism. Reality is so much stranger than fiction. Tastes better, too.

Ninjas of Nonfiction #9: MFK Fisher

April 15, 2014
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Ninjas of Nonfiction #9: MFK Fisher

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was a nice, privately-educated girl from California. Then she went to Europe and her life took an unexpected direction: she became a foodie. I would argue that she became the first foodie, and that it is because of MFK Fisher that we have foodies at all. In her many collections...

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Skins by Sarah Handyside

March 14, 2014
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Skins by Sarah Handyside

This week, short nonfiction from Sarah Handyside. Image courtesy of the author. — Somewhere south a man asked us why clothes from dead Europeans end up in Africa. These clothes have a special name – the Swahili sounded like it had swallowed up the English tomb. He also asked for British opinions on witchcraft and...

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A Kodak Moment, by Adam Farrer

March 4, 2014
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A Kodak Moment, by Adam Farrer

This week, an original essay by Adam Farrer. Image by Emma Farrer. —– I already knew how my brother’s body had looked when it was found; my mother had described the police photographs to me. He was slumped back in the dirt, one arm loosely draped behind his head. An eye lazily open. And...

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In Search of the Perseids by Naomi Racz

February 5, 2014
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In Search of the Perseids by Naomi Racz

This week, an original essay from Naomi Racz. Image ‘Perseid at Butser Hill by Peter Griffin via Flickr. —- In search of the Perseids  Despite the fact that it is the middle of August, I dig out my winter coat from the closet. In its midst, summer seemed like a fixed state. It was...

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Book Review: The Wild Places, by Robert Macfarlane

January 19, 2014
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Book Review: The Wild Places, by Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane must surely be a rarity; he is not only a Fellow of Emmanuel College Cambridge, he is also an adventurer. And I mean like an actual sleeping-at-the-top-of-a-mountain-in-the-freezing-cold adventurer.*  In The Wild Places, Macfarlane journeys to several of Britain’s remote, isolated pockets, in search of the last areas of true wilderness. Dividing the...

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