Human Stories, Boldly Told
W.M. Akers, a features editor at Narratively, is a playwright, the creator of the bestselling game Deadball: Baseball With Dice, and the author of Strange Times
, a free weekly newsletter about the newspapers of Prohibtion-era New York.
He was one of the greatest trumpeters of all time, but Lee Morgan’s young life was stopped short by a toxic romance with a woman who saved him, then shot him dead.
On Easter morning, 1913, the nation's most notorious red-light district was awakened by an epic gun battle, and a shadowy killer named Gyp the Blood.
In 1918, Tom "Shotgun" Rogers earned himself a piece of baseball immortality—by killing a former teammate with a fastball.
A man carrying a boat over a mountain and a blizzard almost ruined my attempt at surprising my girlfriend. In the end I got saved by a condom.
Along a legendary boardwalk, a keeper of the freak-show flame races to reopen by summer.
For audiences with autism, Broadway's grandest theaters stage musicals to last a lifetime.
The road to California is paved with hangovers, wrong airports and magical phone persons. At least mine was.
We humans are far more complex than the news headlines and clickbait would have you believe. Let the Narratively newsletter be your guide.