Good Long Reads


Somewhere in the last month or so, I discovered Longreads. Where have I been? It's a curated site that recommends the best long essays and articles from a wide array of magazines, journals, and newspapers. They link to the original article and even give the word count and estimated time it takes to read it. It's heaven--vetted to pass along consistently breathtaking writing + captivating topics. 

So, in an especially meta move, I offer you my best of Longreads' best, from recent weeks:

Fade to Light by Dave Cameron, published in Walrus Magazine: a poignant and insightful look at a couple who are living with Alzheimer's Disease. I dare you to read this and not fall a little bit in love with Lowell.

Coach by William Browning, published in SBNation: A real life portrait of a tough, beloved Friday-Night-Lights high school football coach, paralleled by a boy's search for himself.

At Home at the End of Google Earth by David Kushner, Vanity Fair: An amazing tale of how a young man used Google Earth to find his family he lost at age 5 in Calcutta.

The Dead are Real: Hilary Mantel's Imagination by Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker: Fascinating interview with Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (for which she just won her second Booker Prize).

What are you reading lately?