In the last 1 year I have managed to read up 150 more longforms articles (LFA) and from those I have picked 15 that I rate with as ‘Superb‘. Reading these 15 was pure pleasure and a few of them also managed to open the mind to some brilliant concepts and out there ideas.
So now the total running tally of LFAs read since I started this project in 2016 comes to 750 Articles in all. I have blogged thrice on this ongoing, no end date project before and nominated the best 60 LFAs of 600 in these three seperate posts from earlier. Post 1 here. Post 2 here. Post 3 here.
The latest 15 ‘BestOf‘ LFAs brings the tally of ‘winners’ to 75, this from the total pool of 750 read over the last 5 years. All 15 chosen have links to the actual articles below. I do hope you read a few. What a time to be alive when all of it is free.
|An investigative reporting on the Mafia in Naples and the man who ran it for decades. Superb writeup, thrilling true story. |
|30 Years Ago, Romania Deprived Thousands of Babies of Human Contact. Here’s what’s become of them.|
|Crony Beliefs by Kevin Simler on his blog ‘Melting Asphalt’. |
(If you want to better understand why X people believe in Y, this may be the best explanation for it)
|How Pakistan got its Nukes.|
|How do people really advance through the corporate hierarchy? Hint: it’s not by working the hardest.|
|Paul Graham on Conformism.|
|STUDIES ON SLACK – Another gem from slatestarcodex|
(Scott draws parallels between the ways these different systems balance competition and slack and how it affects the entities involved.)
|The 1969 Playboy Interview of Marshall McLuhan about the impact of the media on man.|
|The Internet of Beefs by Venkatesh Rao|
(Never have I read a better explanation of the current culture wars)
|The Mind of Marc Andreessen |
(A superb profile of a damn interesting man)
|The Three Sides of Risk by Morgan Housel|
(if you want to ever read a superb essay of ‘RISK’ this is it)
|Twilight of the Media Elites|
(Most of what passes for ‘news’ is like a mixture of entertainment and propaganda. Here is the reason why it is so)
|Why Do Corporations speak the Way They Do? |
|What You Can’t Say | January 2004 | Paul Graham on Censorship and Heresy|
|ZIRP explains the world | A speculative but superb “theory of everything” |
My long term goal, besides getting educated by reading these LFAs, is also to ensure I never veer into reading from a echo chamber of similar publications. So I keenly track just where my LFAs are flowing in from. And for the latest batch of 150 the breakdown is below. So these 150 LFAs came from 60 different website. I am OK with that kind of diversity.
Link to Earlier Posts on BestOf LFAs :
The Best 10 Longform Articles of 100 I Read
The Best 20 Longform Articles I read
The Best 30 Longform Articles of 300 I Read