These are, in no particular order, the five-or-so longreads that came to my mind when I decided to make a list of five-or-so longreads from 2011, so I guess it’s my List Of Longreads That I Guess Is A Top 5-Or-So List Since These Are The Ones I Am Listing list. Read them. Or don’t. Whatever.
It’s the New Yorker, it’s David Grann, and—this is redundant since it’s Grann—it’s fantastic. I made a joke about it that gives away the whole game, but it’s such a great piece that knowing “the twist” going into it doesn’t even matter.
This is from Outside. It’s one of those stories about people who lead much more interesting lives than you do—a whitewater rafting guide in Africa in this case—which I enjoy reading a lot.
From Sports Illustrated, it’s one of those sprawling looks at sport’s bond to a region that eventually gets a book-and-movie deal.
This JJS hit from the New York Times Magazine was probably my favorite thing to read in 2011. He’s a treasure. The sort of treasure who takes his young daughter to Disney World for a family trip and gets high with another dad who’s stuck in the same situation.
The Awl was nice enough to publish this piece on the LA Riots. I didn’t read her DFW thing that’s getting a lot of plaudits (which is my loss, probably), but this was a real corker and gives you a great sense of that whole thing.
I have my problems with Chuck Klosterman, but his Grantland debut—about the end of a three-on-five basketball game—is great and the sort of thing that site promised we’d be getting several times a week.
I’m sure I missed something, but whatever, this is my opinion. What I am trying to get at is this: Reading is fun!
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