Help me find some riveting long-form journalism to read! I love thoughtful, explanatory, intelligent, slightly investigative single-topic pieces of writing. Can you help me find more? What are your all-time favorite pieces of long-form journalism?
I'm particularly interested in stories that I think of as dinner party fodder: creative, unexpected, illuminating, a little esoteric, but with a hook that allows me to talk about it with friends without having to presume too much foreknowledge on their part. (Just as presumably I had no foreknowledge before going into the article.) Topic doesn't matter: for a well-written story, I'll read about anything from NASCAR to the gardens of Versailles to Lady Gaga. (Though I do tend to avoid anything political, unless it's about completely over-and-done-with historical politics. Not so into current events, me.) Also, in my experience, this kind of writing holds up over decades, and I'm just as happy to read something published 30 years ago as something published last week.
For some context, here are my touchstones:
I've read the Atlantic's 1982 article Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?
probably a dozen times.
Last week I re-re-re-read Salon's 2006 profile of Abercrombie & Fitch's creepy CEO
Reading Wired's incredible (like, almost not believable) account of a real-life international jewel thief
counted for one of the most enjoyable diversions of my life.
Yesterday's link on the blue
to a story about the nascent sport of freediving completely captivated me.
I'm sure questions exactly like this one have been asked here before, but for some reason my google-fu is failing me. Apologies.