Nature Isn’t Called ‘the Wild’ for Nothing: A Queer Ecology Reading List
Six stories to change the way you think about nature.
by Clare Egan
Into the Abyss: An Extreme Sports Reading List
Why some athletes seek the very limits of human capacity — even in the face of unimaginable risk.
Stories of Quarantine and Upheaval: A Reading List on the Power of Personal Narrative
During times of isolation and dramatic change, our stories from around the world are an essential global historical record.
And the Reading List Goes to: Pivotal Oscar Moments
The Academy Awards aren’t just about recognition — they’re about an ever-evolving industry in an ever-evolving society.
A Reading List About the Neuroscience of Reading
Seven stories exploring the surprising neuroscience behind the mutability of language and the reading brain.
A Longreads Collection of Catapult Stories
Essays from Catapult, picked by the editors over the years.
Messy, Messy Love: A Reading List for Star-Crossed Lovers
It’s complicated: A tribute to real love stories, in all their weird and chaotic glory.
by Lisa Bubert
From Identity to Inspiration: A Reading List on Why We Run
Sheon Han built a running habit during lockdown. In this collection, he highlights six writers’ insights on the sport.
by Sheon Han
Pawns, Puppet Heads, and Paranoia: An Eccentrics Reading List
Fascinating, sometimes tragic stories about those whose lives are anything but conventional.
Questioning the Stories We Hold: A Reading List Inspired by Annie Ernaux
“Annie Ernaux reminds me that sometimes things find their meaning only in hindsight.”
Ten Outstanding Stories to Read in 2023
Longtime contributor Pravesh Bhardwaj read and shared 238 short stories on the #longreads Twitter hashtag in 2022. Here are his favorites.
More Than Just an Object: A Collector’s Reading List
What drives so many of us to accumulate unnecessary objects — is it sentiment, obsession, or something more primordial?
Letting Go of The ’90s
Remembering “The ’90s Are Old”
Anatomy of the Mask: A Reading List on Superhero Comics
The adventures of superheroes reveal a lot about the people who created them — and the marginalized communities they represent.
‘This Stuff is Alive’: A Global Folk Music Reading List
Six pieces that demonstrate the timelessness of ever-changing sonic traditions.
‘The Evanescence is the Thing’: Five Writers on the Power of the Dance Floor
Five reads on dancing, techno music, and rave and club culture.
Life on Screen: A Reality Television Reading List
Reality TV: Guilty pleasure or public service?
The Passing of a Monarch: A Reading List on Queen Elizabeth II
A look at the remarkable life and complicated legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.
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