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August 26, 2010 8:20 AM   Subscribe

Blogs or sites devoted to great reporting/essays/journalism?

I am greatly indebted to Dances With Sneetches for doing the heavy lifting in finding internet sources for a book series on great crime writing. But I wonder if there are any blogs or websites that are devoted entirely to such finds.

Not necessarily crime writing, but the great reportage often found from the New Yorker and the Atlantic to the small alt-weeklies. Again, not necessarily about crime, but...well anything really.

I remember seeing a post on the blue about a twitter account devoted to such, but I can't find it now and I recall at the time noting it was infrequently updated.
posted by mreleganza to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by downing street memo at 8:21 AM on August 26, 2010

Best answer: I half-heartedly suggest Gang Grey. I stopped reading it a few years back because I thought their choices were a little too twee. But it is supposedly a collection of good narrative journalism and the Nieman Narrative Conference crowd used to talk about it a lot, so I'll let you judge for yourself. Meanwhile, the other suggestions in this post are new to me, and I'm grateful to see them.
posted by Buffaload at 8:30 AM on August 26, 2010

This one from a CNAS analyst is one of my favorite reads right now
posted by spicynuts at 8:30 AM on August 26, 2010

Best answer: There are a couple of sites that have collected links to collections, which are not the same as an updating blog, but they have a ton of stuff:

Best American Science Writing (collected by a Mefite)
The Best Magazine Article Ever

There is also Give Me Something to Read.
posted by OmieWise at 9:08 AM on August 26, 2010
posted by hamandcheese at 9:28 AM on August 26, 2010

Best answer: All the above, but the obligatory shout-out to Arts and Letters Daily.
posted by General Malaise at 10:45 AM on August 26, 2010

Best answer: Here's something I posted on my blog a few weeks ago. Copied and pasted for speed; I'm not sure if the formatting will hold.
Unfortunately, these lists are all pretty limited to American journalism. But armed with those lists, you should have several years worth of reading material. Reading on a screen is never fun, though, and you could probably go broke on the printer ink alone. Nothing beats the printed page, but there are a few tools (Readability, Instapaper, Read It Later) that will make electronic reading less of a pain.
posted by msbrauer at 9:22 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]

Whoops...looks like the apostrophes got messed up. Wherever there's a "8217;" imagine an apostrophe.
posted by msbrauer at 9:24 AM on August 27, 2010

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