Gene Weingarten Wins 2010 Pulitzer for Feature Writing
Weingarten, of the Washington Post magazine, is known more for his humorous takes. This article, exquisitely reported, on a father’s tragic mistake, will haunt you.
Congratulations Mr. Weingarten. Richly deserved. And this Pulitzer’s bringing your story anew to national attention may save some lives as the weather warms.
(I will leave aside any snark on the Post’s tragic editorial page, or Kathleen Parker’s win for opinion writing, for today. Only.)
Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime?
" … "Death by hyperthermia" is the official designation. When it happens to young children, the facts are often the same: An otherwise loving and attentive parent one day gets busy, or distracted, or upset, or confused by a change in his or her daily routine, and just… forgets a child is in the car. It happens that way somewhere in the United States 15 to 25 times a year, parceled out through the spring, summer and early fall. The season is almost upon us.
Two decades ago, this was relatively rare. But in the early 1990s, car-safety experts declared that passenger-side front airbags could kill children, and they recommended that child seats be moved to the back of the car; then, for even more safety for the very young, that the baby seats be pivoted to face the rear. If few foresaw the tragic consequence of the lessened visibility of the child . . . well, who can blame them? What kind of person forgets a baby?"
Something about Harry
Old Dogs are the Best Dogs
And I really loved this profile of children’s magician, The Great Zucchini, as much for what it does not say.
The Peekaboo Paradox
The strange secrets of humor, fear and a guy who makes big money making little people laugh
Do Backchannelers (and you lurkers) have any favorite feature stories to share? Link away!