The #1 Story Picks of 2014 From Longreads features the best storytelling on the Web from hundreds of publishers. This month, they’re also featuring their favorite stories from 2014. It’s quite a list.

Watch and Learn: Wrap a Gift in 15 Seconds

Steal a page, or a sheet of wrapping paper, as the case may be, from Japan’s Takashimaya Department Store, and learn how you’ve been wrapping gifts all wrong all these years.

Ying Quartet Teaches Compelling Lessons to Student Writers

Ying Quartet“We were face-to-face with Beethoven,” writes Russ Rymer, Bowdoin’s Visiting Writer in Residence. “[The Ying Quartet] took us through the first movement of the Opus 74 quartet … teasing apart its elements to show how the cathedral was built, how ideas were introduced and then developed, how the structure worked, how Beethoven created anxiety and mystery and then offered resolution and triumph.”

Rymer is describing the Ying Quartet’s visit to his class, Creative Nonfiction Through Photography, just this week. Continue reading.

Bowdoin Classmates Antholis and Putnam Team Up For ‘Olive Kitteridge’ Sneak Peak (Boston Globe)

OliveKitteridgeHBO President of Miniseries Kary Antholis ’84 teamed up with his Bowdoin classmate and JFK Library Director Thomas Putnam ’84 Tuesday evening to treat Bostonians and several visiting Mainers—including Bowdoin Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd—to a preview of the upcoming HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.”

The event—held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston—was also attended by Harpswell resident and author Elizabeth Strout (Bates College Class of 1977), whose novel, “Olive Kitteridge” won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The series based on the novel premieres on HBO on Sunday, November 2.