We’re kicking off the Longreads Best of 2013 series tomorrow—and we want your help.
In the comments below, share links to your favorite nonfiction and fiction stories, or your favorite books, writers and publishers of the year. We’ll keep this thread open all through December.
Walsh was an artist, activist and investigative journalist whose book Operation Massacre is credited by many as the first “nonfiction novel,” having been published years before Truman Capote defined the term with In Cold Blood. Phelan explores Walsh’s life and impact on Argentina:
Having famously declared, “The typewriter is a weapon,” he had come to doubt that words alone were any real substitute for bullets in effecting change, and particularly the fine words of literary artists. “Beautiful bourgeois art!” he later wrote. “When you have people giving their lives, then literature is no longer your loyal and sweet lover, but a cheap and common whore. There are times when every spectator is a coward, or a traitor.”
PUBLISHED: Oct. 30, 2013
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4800 words)
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The renowned literary agent on his hatred of Amazon, commercial fiction, and the future of book publishing:
"I didn’t think that [in 2010] the publishing community had properly assessed—particularly in regard to its obligations to writers—what an equitable arrangement would look like.
"And I felt that publishers had made a huge mistake, because they were pressured by Apple and Amazon to make concessions that they shouldn’t have made.
“These distribution issues come and go. It wasn’t so long ago that Barnes and Noble was this monster publishing leatherette classics, threatening to put backlists out of print. Amazon will go, and Apple will go, and it’ll all go.”
PUBLISHED: Oct. 8, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2336 words)
New fiction from Dave Eggers
, adapted from his new novel The Circle
, about a woman hired to work for a social network:
"Dan winced. 'No, it’s not that. You handle your workload just fine. But we missed you at the Industrial Revolution party last Thursday night, which was a pretty crucial team-building event, centered on a product we’re all very proud of. You missed at least two newbie events, and at the circus the other night, it looked like you couldn’t wait to leave. I think you were out of there in 20 minutes. Those things might be understandable if your Participation Rank wasn’t so low. Do you know what it is?'"
PUBLISHED: Sept. 28, 2013
LENGTH: 32 minutes (8067 words)
This week we’re excited to introduce First Chapters, a new series on Longreads dedicated to sharing your favorite first chapters, nonfiction or fiction, past or present. Our first pick comes from Longreads contributing editor Julia Wick
, who has chosen Janet Fitch’s 1999 novel White Oleander
. If you want to recommend a First Chapter, let us know and we’ll feature you and your pick: firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLISHED: Sept. 22, 2013
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4708 words)
Our picks this week include fiction from The New Yorker, plus FT Magazine, Texas Monthly, Washingtonian, The Verge and a guest pick by Margaret Ely
PUBLISHED: June 7, 2013
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6132 words)
Hilary Armstrong is a literature student at U.C. Santa Barbara and a Longreads intern. She also happens to love science fiction, so this week, she put together a #longreads list about robots.