The pieces we didn’t get to — until now.
Best of 2021
Best of 2021: Readers’ Favorites
The stories our readers loved.
Best of 2021: Profiles
The profiles that left us reeling.
Best of 2021: Features
The deep dives that left us gasping for air.
Best of 2021: Investigative Reporting
The journalism that made our jaws drop.
Best of 2021: Reported Essays
The pieces that moved us the most this year.
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Best of 2021: Personal Essays
The personal essays that we can’t stop thinking about.
Longreads Best of 2021: All of Our No. 1 Story Picks
Here’s every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our weekly Top 5 email.
Our Most-Read Longreads Originals of 2021
The original reporting and personal essays that were our most-read stories of the year.