World Magazine is planning to set up regional online bureaus to provide local and regional news coverage. The first one is for Virginia and is making use of journalism students at the school where I work, Patrick Henry College. One of my former students, Hannah Mitchell, has written a feature story on a big Picasso exhibit at a Richmond art museum. It struck me as just a very, very good piece of writing. See for yourself: WORLD Magazine | Picasso’s tragedy | Hannah Mitchell | Mar 01, 11.
What I’d like us to do is discuss what is good about this particular piece of writing. Let’s not talk about Picasso, as such. Let’s talk about how Hannah approaches him, how she sets up her article, her style, and her good lines.
For example, I like the sentence where she describes a professor speculating about Picasso’s art. She describes him as “wondering through the exhibit.” Get it? wandering/wondering? A wordplay that shows genuine wit.
What else? What’s good about this article in the way it’s written?