Some Favorite Longreads From the New Yorker Archive.

The New Yorker asked me for a favorite Longread from their archive, along with Dwight Garner, Maud Newton, Sloane Crosley and Laura Miller. It was an almost overwhelming task but I immediately thought of Joan Didion’s electric “Letter from Lakewood”.

If you’re going to get a subscription and dip into the archives, especially via iPad (highly recommended–the iPad/tablet version of the magazine is excellent), here are some more suggestions.

  1. The Tiny Feast by Chris Adrian
  2. The Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris
  3. Something That Needs Nothing by Miranda July
  4. Alone by Yiyun Li
  5. The Silent Woman by Janet Malcolm
  6. The Custodian, by Deborah Eisenberg
  7. Nilda by Junot Diaz
  8. Cinnamon Skin by Edmund White
  9. Lesbian Nation by Ariel Levy
  10. Reverting to a Wild State by Justin Torres

And, of course, the 114 stories Mavis Gallant has published there, and the excerpt from her diaries.

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