Your favorite older Long-form journalism?


I’ve been using Longform and Longreads through Instapaper into my Kindle for my commute. Love it, but looking for recommendations of good and forgotten journalism, with no bias towards age or length. Anybody?


I would be remiss if I did not mention

A bit incestuous, I know, and also already covered on BB proper before, but it’s an essential list!


@codinghorror Must have missed the BB post and I’m only 7 for 25 on that list, thanks!


Well, that’s by, for and about men.


If you have a subscription to Harper’s, they have a massive archive online. I’m on the hunt for this weird and compelling article I remember from 2001 about a plastic surgeon right now.


I really liked Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and Secrets Of the Little Blue Box.


Dunno how you feel about rap and race, but this 1993 article in The Source was their most responded-to article according to it’s author. TS doesn’t host it so you have to get the reprint from his book on Google books (the whole book is dope and is long-form journalism, too)


another i just thought of from when I had a gift subscription to RS
it’s about the counterfeiter that worked out how to reproduce all the safeguards on our modern US bills.

EDIT: forgot to mention which country’s bills


Plus-plus to @noahdjango on “Secrets of the Little Blue Box.” It’s an absolutely outstanding piece.

Mark Bowden’s Tales of the Tyrant (published in The Atlantic) is also a good read—it was published in May 2002, about a year before OIF kicked off, and goes in-depth on the details of Saddam Hussein’s daily life.


wow. I mean, I knew he was a megalomaniac and all, but the process toward it and the depth of it was indeed very interesting. the bit with the newspaperman explaining about the rural vs city Iraqis fired a whole bunch of neurons.

there was also a link in that piece to a really interesting short article about world geneology. [actually, it was a link to a paywall–assholes!–but i searched out the article, my link works]


Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, definitely.

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