My Favorite #Longform Stories of All Time

Jeff Maysh
Feb 19, 2016 · 2 min read

What perfect timing to write this listicle.

  1. The Long Fall of One-Eleven Heavy
    Michael Paterniti, Esquire
    On the fall of SwissAir Flight 111
  2. The Boy Who Heard Too Much
    David Kushner, Rolling Stone
    He was a 14-year-old blind kid, angry and alone. Then he discovered that he possessed a strange and fearsome superpower — one that put him in the cross hairs of the FBI.”
  3. Bret, Unbroken
    Steve Friedman, Runner’s World
    “His brain and body shattered in a horrible accident as a young boy, Bret Dunlap thought just being able to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and survive on his own added up to a good enough life. Then he discovered running.”
  4. ISIS and the Lonely Young American
    Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times
    An isolated Sunday school teacher living with her grandparents makes a new group of friends online.
  5. How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran
    Joshuah Bearman, Wired
    November 4, 1979, began like any other day at the US embassy in Tehran. The staff filtered in under gray skies, the marines manned their posts, and the daily crush of anti-American protestors massed outside the gate chanting, “Allahu akbar! Marg bar Amrika!”
  6. The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob
    Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly
    “He wore a Western hat, never spoke a word, and robbed bank after bank. When the feds finally arrested him, they discovered that their suspect was actually a soft-spoken woman. They thought they’d never hear from her again — but she had other plans.
  7. Thanksgiving in Mongolia
    Ariel Levy, New Yorker
    Heartbreak at the edge of the earth.
  8. The Curious Case Of Sidd Finch
    George Plimpton, Sports Illustrated.
    He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd’s deciding about yoga — and his future in baseball.”
  9. The Suicide Catcher
    Michael Paterniti, GQ
    In the rapidly modernizing, constantly churning city of Nanjing, China, there is a legendary bridge, four miles long, where day after day, week after week, the desperate and melancholy and tormented come to end their lives. Most end up in the Yangtze River, 130 feet below. But some do not meet their maker. They meet someone else. They are pulled back from the brink — sometimes violently — by an odd and unlikely angel.”


Jeff Maysh

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Crime journalist in Los Angeles.

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