Where can I find the best writing on the internet?
August 23, 2009 1:29 AM   Subscribe

Is there a web site which recommends the best writing on the net on a periodic basis?

There are plenty of great blogs and websites out there to read, and no shortage of recommendations. This post, for example, recommends lots of different sites. But I find my own interest in wading through all of it on a feed reader gradually waning. I am wondering if anyone knows of any human-run site which recommends excellent writing.

I am interested in high quality, thoughtful, even controversial writing on any subject. The closest thing to this that I am aware of is Arts & Letters Daily, but a significant number of their posts are book reviews or appeal strictly to very well-read humanities students. I am interested in suggestions which draw from the features and opinions of all of the major US (or English-speaking world!) newspapers, magazines, blogs, and sites.
posted by jpg15 to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: You might like 3quarksdaily.
posted by phrontist at 3:22 AM on August 23, 2009 [1 favorite]

It's focused on the news business, as much as on "journalism," but you might like the Columbia Journalism Review.
posted by paulsc at 4:01 AM on August 23, 2009

Huffington Post?
posted by dzaz at 4:23 AM on August 23, 2009

Bookforum's Omnivore blog might be suitable.
posted by hydatius at 4:27 AM on August 23, 2009

I enjoy Real Clear World, Politics, Markets, and Sports. Usually has a lot of good writing on a wide variety of current issues. They provide links to shorter features as well as links to more in-depth research. They also tend to have writing from a balanced array of sources, which is something I find lacking in a lot of other similar sites.
posted by kjars at 7:30 AM on August 23, 2009

Arts & Letters Daily
posted by trotter at 8:49 AM on August 23, 2009

And oops.
posted by trotter at 8:50 AM on August 23, 2009

posted by lubujackson at 9:41 AM on August 23, 2009

McSweeney's Internet Tendency of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern fame publishes its own fantastic writing, from many an author and regarding many a topic.
posted by disillusioned at 12:11 PM on August 23, 2009

Five Star Friday "hosts a weekly collection of links to superior weblog entries from all genres that have been submitted by the people, for the people." It is run by Schmutzie, a blogger herself.
Some posts featured tend too far towards rant-y or ramble-y for my taste, but structure-wise, this is just what you're asking for.
posted by lilbizou at 1:55 PM on August 23, 2009

Best answer: The Morning News Headlines - "our headlines contain links to the most pressing, interesting, or odd stories and sites we find around the web."
posted by nooneyouknow at 7:54 PM on August 23, 2009

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