It’s that time of year again! Our annual year-end series has evolved over the past decade, but our aim remains the same: to collect and share the very best in longform nonfiction storytelling across the web. Today, we’re thrilled to kick off our Best of 2021 collection with this list of the 10 most-read stories and essays on our site.
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David Gambacorta | Longreads | March 2021 | 15 minutes (4,190 words)
How CSNY fumbled a chance to record their best album.
Tom Maxwell | Longreads | March, 2021 | 6 minutes (1,743 words)
Killer beats, huge hype, and failure to follow through.
Andrew Kay | Longreads | July 2021 | 35 minutes (9,917) words)
Faith and cosplay at the Hill Cumorah Pageant.
Bernice L. McFadden | Longreads | August 2021 | 15 minutes (4,049 words)
A tale of racism.
Devin Kelly | Longreads | February, 2021 | 24 minutes (6,376 words)
On injury, compensation, and living with pain.
Anne Thériault | Longreads | May 2021 | 18 minutes (4,866 words)
If you underestimate a woman determined to avenge violence against her daughters, prepare yourself to get sacked. On repeat.
Adrian Daub | Longreads | September 2021 | 21 minutes (5,894 words)
“And thus another Hollywood tradition was born: film choruses belting out perfectly nonsensical prose with utter conviction.”
Devin Kelly | Longreads | July, 2021 | 17 minutes (4,874 words)
Against the commodification of community.
Heather Lanier | Longreads | March 2021 | 16 minutes (4,473 words)
Heather Lanier explores the pressure to perform happiness.
Irina Dumitrescu | Longreads | November 2021 | 3,065 words (17 minutes)
“Maybe the most powerful person is the one who dares to refuse the gift.”
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