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Pick of the Day: When a man becomes a woman

Lane DeGregory at the St. Petersburg Times is one of my favorite writers. I first came across her writing at a Nieman narrative writing conference in Boston several years ago. She offered Tips for Finding Compelling Narratives that included admonitions to read bulletin boards, hang out in bars, go to your kids' Little League games, look for stories everywhere and, my personal favorite "make friends with the weirdos."

She has traced the path of a Pepsi bottle and the boy who stuffed a note in it 19 years earlier, spent a week on a carnival midway with the fat man and the midget and, last year, won a Pulitzer Prize for the breathtaking story of a feral child, The Girl In the Window.

After I read that piece, I mucked around on the net looking for some of her other work. And this one, Introducing Susan Stanton, blew me away and is today's Pick of the Day. It's the story of a very public man transforming into a private woman. I was struck by how DeGregory handled a story that could so easily have become caricatured and the subject of guffawing around the water cooler with such depth, grace and humanity.

By Brigid Schulte  | January 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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