Conor Friedersdorf’s reading list of “fantastic journalism” from 2013
Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic is good at finding good writing. He runs the Best of Journalism E-mail Newsletter, with which you get two emails a week highlighting exceptional nonfiction for $1.99 a month.
Last month Friedersdorf published his annual “Best Of Journalism Awards,” which is to say a list of, as the headline says, Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism.
Bookmark it or Instapaper or it or whatever you do, and over the next few months, when you have a few minutes, instead of one more trawl through Facebook or Instagram, read one of these pieces. You won’t agree with Friedersdorf that all of them are “fantastic pieces.” I don’t either. But we can all learn from the ones that are fantastic, and maybe even from those we think fall short.
They’re split into categories, including “Sports & Leisure,” but also War & Peace, Arts, Letters & Entertainment, food, business, personal essays and more. I’ve only read a few myself, so I’ve got some Instapapering to do. And some reading and learning and improving as a writer.