New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu began writing his Pulitzer Prize–winning memoir Stay True 25 years ago, even if he didn’t realize it at the time. “It wasn’t writing that I necessarily thought would become a book someday, ” says Hsu. He started recording his thoughts the night he heard that his best friend, Ken, had been murdered in a senseless act of violence while the pair were college students at the University of California, Berkeley. “It was just my This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 51 On The Shelf Writer Claire-Louise Bennett reflects on her process. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Angela Trimbur “I’m talking to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority…. I want to do a rat king ballet in the subway.” Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Julia Bainbridge On the life-enhancing potential of not drinking alcohol. Arts & Culture Food Issue 46 At Work With: Deb Perelman The little blog that could: An interview with Smitten Kitchen’s unflappable founder. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Lisa Taddeo On writing the secret lives of women.