I’m back in the US and one of my favorite things about the return home is reading long magazine articles. I just found a stash of recent New Yorkers at a thrift store at 25 cents a pop, and I’m in heaven. Others online have been collecting and sharing some of their favorite long reads. Here are a few good resources:
- The Longreads twitter feed
- NYU’s list of the Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century (and this short list of entries on the list available for free online)
- Conor Friedersdorf’s lists of The Best of Journalism from 2009 and 2008.
- JournoCurator‘s twitter feed
- Kevin Kelly’s list of The Best Magazine Articles Ever
- Esquire’s own list of its 7 Greatest Stories the magazine has published
Unfortunately, these lists are all pretty limited to American journalism. But armed with those lists, you should have several years worth of reading material. Reading on a screen is never fun, though, and you could probably go broke on the printer ink alone. Nothing beats the printed page, but there are a few tools (Readability, Instapaper, Read It Later) that will make electronic reading less of a pain.