Saturday, July 31, 2010
There's a list floating around of the 100 greatest long-form magazine articles ever published. Some date back more than 60 years and come from the pages of Esquire, The New Yorker, Life and even Playboy.
Here are the top 5:
David Foster Wallace, "Federer As Religious Experience." The New York Times, Play Magazine, August 20, 2006.
David Foster Wallace, "Consider the Lobster." Gourmet Magazine, Aug 2004.
Neal Stephenson, "Mother Earth, Mother Board: Wiring the Planet." Wired, December 1996. On laying trans-oceanic fiber optic cable.
Gay Talese, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold." Esquire, April 1966.
Ron Rosenbaum, "Secrets of the Little Blue Box." Esquire, October 1971.
Jon Krakauer, "Death of an Innocent: How Christopher McCandless Lost His Way in the Wilds." Outside Magazine, January 1993.
See the full list here.
Posted by He who says hmm... at 7:30 AM