By Dan Kennedy • The press, politics, technology, culture and other passions

An important series

It is a failing typical of media critics, or at least of me: I rarely get around to calling attention to good work. So let me just note that today the Boston Globe wraps up as fine an example of narrative journalism as you’ll see all year.

Thomas Farragher’s four-part series on post-traumatic-stress syndrome, told through the stories of three Iraq war buddies, is heartbreaking and important.

Fortunately, we live in an age when work such as this does not disappear with yesterday’s trash. It will continue to be available on the Web, with more photos, audio and other storytelling enhancements.

So if you haven’t read it, bookmark it, and go back when you get the time. It’s well worth it.

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  1. Paul

    Our veterans should be helped in any way possible .

  2. Anonymous

    This is a great reason why the Globe should be given a chance. And stop those cuts: you can’t do things like this if you don’t have the people with the skill to.Can we now please see what the Herald has done, as classily or authoritatively, beyond the short chest-thumping gingoistic crap???What does Howie Carr say about THIS Globe?And it looks like another “ooops, I did it again” episode here at the Crimson. I applaud their zero tolerance and quick action. I blame parents for raising little prince and princesss with the wrong notions and not stressing enough the high character demands of being in an Ivy league U or ANY university.”Do whatever it takes to be noticed and get some award.” Too bad.<a HREF="” REL=”nofollow”>Reuters, N.

  3. Anonymous

    Would you please remove your pucker from the Globe’s rear. My God, Dan. Just because it appears on the front of the paper with a special tag on it doesn’t make it ground breaking journalism.

  4. Anonymous

    For me, it’s not so much a question of the relative merits of this particular series. It’s the notion that we should be impressed when a paper takes a legitimate shot at doing some good journalism.In other words, this should be the norm. NPR delivers depth every day. So does the News Hour on PBS. And I find it often in the pages of the NY Times and the Washington Post, and at Salon.Whatever. The Globe interrupts the fluff fest to do a decent job on something. How long ’til the next time?

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