“The discipline and certain ideas from dance have stuck with me and inform more or less everything I’ve done ever since.”
Eyal Press is a journalist who contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications. Since the spring of 2021, he is also a sociologist with a PhD from New York University. He is the author of three books, including Beautiful Souls, a study of moral courage, and Dirty Work, which examines morally troubling jobs that society tacitly condones but prefers to keep hidden from view. A recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, he has received an Andrew Carnegie fellowship, a Cullman Center fellowship at the New York Public Library and a Puffin Foundation fellowship at Type Media Center.
“Your first, last, and only obligation is to the reader and to the truth as you see it, without fear or favor.”
“Every single one of my articles has come from a question or a situation or a conversation with somebody who was either currently incarcerated or had been incarcerated.”
“We need food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare, but we deserve that unquantifiable, experiential thing that is education, culture, leisure, beauty, nature.”
“Writers are being made to carry the weight of politicians.”
In September 2011, a social worker I’ll call Roscoe Harris made his way to a plaza in lower Manhattan ...