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May 25th 2011
I've become really fond of
lately. It is re-enabling a long dormant love of long form articles.
So, what are some great long form articles that you've found on the web? Stuff that really digs into a topic, and is much longer than the current acceptable length for a blog post?
I'll start us off with an old masterpiece,
Neal Stephenson's 52 page Wired article about the physical cables that make up the globe spanning backbone of the Internet
May 26th 2011
I posted this on Around the Net but I don't think anyone noticed and it really is very good.
David Eagleman studies the way the brain deals with time
Why does time slow down when we fear for our lives? Does the brain shift gears for a few suspended seconds and perceive the world at half speed, or is some other mechanism at work? The only way to know for sure was to re-create the situation in a controlled setting. Eagleman and one of his graduate students, Chess Stetson, who is now at Caltech, began by designing and programming a “perceptual chronometer.” About the size of a pack of cards, it had an L.E.D. display connected to a circuit board and powered by a nine-volt battery. The unit could be strapped to a subject’s wrist, where it would flash a number at a rate just beyond the threshold of perception. If time slowed down, Eagleman reasoned, the number would become visible. Now he just needed a good, life-threatening situation.
Jun 6th 2011
You might dig this (very sensibly titled):
Lots of interesting stuff on there. A real grab-bag of pretty great content, it seems.
Jun 6th 2011
For long form music articles, i would recommend
, which is a journal that's published by Faber and FAber in Partnership with Domino Records. the second issue i need to get, but the first issue included articles such as ....
- AMANDA PETRUSICH writing about people who collect extremely rare '78 records, which then mutates into a history of blues musicians form that period and the stories surrounding their recordings and the record industry at that time.
- SIMON REYNOLDS on the history of music in Science Fiction movies, and how for all the futurism in the movies, there is actually not much real futuristic music involved, with movies often looking back to standard classical moves to build scenes.
- HARI KUNZRU on Moondog and a travel through the sonic geography of New York.
Jun 7th 2011
I second @Tango Charlie's Longform.org suggestion. In fact they have a service at
where you can sign up to get a longform article of their choice sent to your Instapaper account each week. I only wish I had more reading time to keep up with them.
Jun 8th 2011
Also, if you've got an iPad or a Kindle, I've been really wanting to try one of these stories from
Jun 13th 2011
More from Neal Stephenson in Wired:
In the Kingdom of Mao Bell.
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