Tracking an Author: Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos is a staff writer for the The New Yorker. As someone who is interested in political coverage, I really enjoy reading his pieces. Part of the reason he is so successful as a writer is because of his nuanced writing. He has mastered the form of intertwining opinions with facts, ultimately creating more of a storyline than just a review of the details. One of my favorite articles he has published is titled “Donald Trump’s State of Mind, and Ours.” This piece exceeds the typical mundane recap of the political age we live in.

Evan Osnos is the National Book Award winner and finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for his book, “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.”

Tracking an Author

When assigned with the task of tracking an author, I chose to follow the publications of David Brooks. Brooks is one of the main contributors to the Op-Ed column for the New York Times. The first article I ever read written by Brooks was titled, “When the World Is Led by a Child.” It felt as though someone had taken my thoughts and written them down within one article. His words encapsulated my very fears and concerns, providing me with a sense of comfort knowing that someone out there felt exactly the same way. But as I continued tracking and following more of Brooks’ publications, I found that there was a common theme. He is able to present the harsh realities of today’s political world while simultaneously comforting readers in the faith of humanity. He identifies the problems we are all facing and makes you feel like you are not alone in this battle. And he does not simply stand idly by and complain about the world we live in. He provides hands on solutions–offers real world answers to how to get involved and make a difference. I found his articles not only informative, but particularly soothing and calming.

Tolentino and Small Staid Readings

  • Trump and the Truth: The Sexual-Assault Allegations, published in the New Yorker by Jia Tolentino
  • While this piece may appeal to a specific audience, such as educated women, the inherently informative nature of the piece makes it a necessary read for any individual.
  • Considering I am a young and educated woman, I am considered the target audience. The entire piece spoke to me. Tolentino highlighted the many concerns and fears the women of today’s world feel in regards to having Trump as President of the United Stated.


  • Girl in a Country Song, published in The Point, by Mairead Small Staid
  • The target audience for this piece would be individuals who are interested in learning and reading about injustices and inequalities inflicted onto women. The article would be particularly relevant to people who listen to country music.
  • I do find myself to be a part of this piece’s target audience. Small Staid’s arguments were incredibly poignant and compelling. It was not hard to find a connection to the piece, as the general message overlapped and agreed with my personal opinions.