Grandpa Joe & Secretariat: A Christmas Story In mid-October, he’d seen his beloved Charlie Rose interview Diane Lane and John Malkovich. Ever since that interview, he’d been carrying with him the notion that he would see this movie at his earliest opportunity. Never mind his preceding fondness for the racehorse and its moment in history—there […]
Foster Kamer (ex-BlackBook + Gawker + Village Voice) is online features and news editor at Esquire. *** 2010 was an incredible year for writing, bottom line. Despite the proliferation of things whose output is mostly antagonistic to great writing — like faceless “content farms” churning out hollow, Google-gaming information lacking anything of substance — great writing persisted. Twitter’s evolving […]
Patrick Doyle is a senior editor for 5280 Magazine in Denver. patrickcdoyle: The good folks at Longreads.com have been asking everyone for their five favorite pieces from 2010. Here are mine. “Roger Ebert: The Essential Man,” by Chris Jones, EsquireThe best story of the year. Just give Jones his Ellie now. “The End of Men,” […]
jfagone: Jeff Sharlet, Harper’s, Straight Man’s Burden Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, Letting Go Patrick Symmes, Harper’s, Thirty Days as a Cuban Chris Jones, Esquire, What Happened to Roger Ebert? Moe Tkacik, Columbia Journalism Review, Look at Me!
aldridge: My Top 5 #longreads of 2010, featuring a thief, a killer, a fraudster, two musicians, and a film critic: The Art of the Steal Joshuah Bearman, Wired “Blanchard slowly approached the display and removed the already loosened screws, carefully using a butter knife to hold in place the two long rods that would trigger […]
Andrea Pitzer is writer and editor of Nieman Storyboard. *** To eliminate some of the choices that have already been popular—hello, David Grann! ;)—I haven’t included anyone I’ve met in person. All stories from 2010. Rabbi to the Rescue, by Martha Wexler and Jeff Lunden from The Washington Post Magazine Spiritual longing, the Holocaust, and […]
Paul Ford was an editor at Harper’s Magazine; now he’s wandering around, looking at stuff and writing computer programs. *** Tony Judt, “Night,” New York Review of Books (January 14) This was the year of the dying critic. Most writers would do themselves, and their readers, a service by dying without all the self-elegies (“selfegies”?). […]
Alex Pappademas is a staff writer for GQ. *** Rules: Nothing not published this year, nothing from GQ, because I work there, and—in the spirit of the assignment—nothing I didn’t first read on my iPhone. (And I realize now, having done this whole thing, that everything on the main list is from a print-based publication, […]
It has been nearly four years since Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak. Now television’s most famous movie critic is rarely seen and never heard, but his words have never stopped.
The face of the enemy flashed across a 20-foot screen. “That’s right,” Jason Rohrer announced. “It’s Roger Ebert.” There were a few boos, as several hundred people stirred in their seats. The film critic’s cherubic face stared at the audience. “Ebert said video games can’t be art,” Rohrer said. “He issued all of us a […]