MY TOP 5 LONGREADS OF ALL TIME
This is certainly not a comprehensive list of great essays, but these are the ones I've remembered years after I read them.
- •"Letting Go" by Atul GawandeOn how we die and the limits of medicine. One of the saddest stories I've ever read; I was bawling. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/02/letting-go-2
- •"Consider the Lobster" by David Foster WallaceClassic for a reason. Pure genius. http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2004/08/consider_the_lobster.html
- •"The American Male at Age 10" by Susan OrleanWhen Susan Orlean was asked to profile Macaulay Culkin, she agreed, as long as she could interview a random 10-year-old kid instead. The result is so delightful. http://m.learning.hccs.edu/faculty/scotty.moore/anth2351/anth-2301-summer-readings/the-american-male-at-age-10
- •"The Rapist Says He's Sorry" by Tom JunodThe story of a supposedly reformed serial rapist who is about to get out of jail. Brilliantly structured, beautifully written. http://gangrey.com/?p=1151
- •"The Well-Hung Boy Next Door" by Wells TowerThis is not exactly a pleasant story. In fact, one scene toward the end may be one of the most traumatizing things I've ever read. But it's a fascinating look at what it's really like to be a male porn star, and I have never forgotten it. http://www.gq.com/story/james-deen-porn-star-gq-june-2012-interview