Linsky and Lammer have been posting from a backlog of personal favorites, but they're also adding newly published pieces on a daily basis and are accepting suggestions from readers. The Longform.org archives now contain links to 49 stories, and the site posts about four new ones daily. Writers represented in the latest Longform.org lineup are the usual suspects—Susan Orlean, Mark Leibovich, Mark Bowden, James Fallows, Simon Winchester, David Grann, Michael Lewis, Jeanne Marie Laskas, John Sack, Jeffrey Goldberg—and a few writers you may not have heard of, such as Marco Vernaschi, Gendy Alimurung, and John Geluardi. *New posts are announced via a Twitter feed.
"For a piece to make it onto Longform, it either has to be a stellar piece of writing based on exceptional reporting or such a great topic it doesn't matter if the writing is a little weak," Linsky says.
The Brooklyn-based duo's plans for the site are not huge.
"It's something we'd use if we weren't doing it," says Linsky. "Not forcing some half-cocked business model has allowed us to make every decision with the reader in mind."
If Longform.org convinces more people to read long-form stories, Linsky and Lammer will be happy. But if their project convinces publishers to move great long-form pieces from behind the pay wall or to jailbreak classics that have never appeared on the Web, they'll be ecstatic.
I won't over-praise Longform.org for the same reason I would never over-praise a newborn: Just because it's new and smells good is no reason to go effusive. But Longform.org, like a newborn, could go someplace grand. I'll be following.
Other gems from my Keepers folder: Renata Adler on Pauline Kael (New York Review of Books, 1980, behind the paywall); Katherine Boo on "invisible deaths" (Washington Post,1999); Nicholas Lemann on David Halberstam ( New Republic, 1979); Washington Post ombudsman Bill Green's investigation of the Janet Cook affair (1981); and Marjorie Williams on Richard Darman. (Most but not all of this 1990 Washington Post Magazine feature can be found on Google Books and Amazon. Her husband, Slate's Timothy Noah, who controls the rights, should be shot for not posting the entire feature to the Web.) Don't send your favorites to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send it to Longform.org. Send me the regular hate mail. For timeless Twitter, see my Twitter feed. (E-mail may be quoted by name in Slate's readers' forums; in a future article; or elsewhere unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)
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