Burned through your summer reading list already? Not that there’s any shortage of great new books to check out, but next time you’re online with some time to spend reading, I strongly encourage you to check out one of my favorite Web sites, Longform.org. Essentially an online archive of long-form magazine journalism, the site is dedicated to cataloging and sharing the best magazine stories of all time.
Among classics like “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” (regarded by some to be one of the best magazine pieces ever written) and Jared Diamond’s rather depressingly titled paean against agriculture, “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race,” you’ll find other gems like Nick Paumgarten’s New Yorker story on elevators, “Up and Then Down,” and the Los Angeles Magazine profile of adult film star Sacha Grey.
Longform’s huge archive is simply arranged and easy to navigate, by topic or simply by their list of favorites. There’s also the option to view stories on your Kindle or save them to Instapaper. It’s a tremendous resource — but be warned: once you start, it can be hard to stop.