These are not in rank order. And I know, there’s still plenty of time for earth-shatteringly good long reads articles to be published between now and the new year. To those writers who will be published in the gap between year-end list-making and the beginning of keeping tally on the bests and worsts of 2013, my condolences.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Fear of a Black President.” The Atlantic.
- Colin Dayan. “How Not to Talk About Gaza.“ Boston Review.
- Jeff Chang. “I Gotta Be Able to Counter-Attack: Rap and the Los Angeles Riots.” The LA Review of Books.
- E. Tammy Kim. “South L.A., Twenty Years Later” Guernica.
- Lindsay Zoladz. “Cold Facts.” Pitchfork.
- Tom Junod. “Counterterrorism is Getting Complicated.” Esquire.
- Matthieu Aikins.”Jamming Tripoli.” Wired.
- bell hooks. “No Love in the Wild.” NewBlackMan in Exile.
- Erik Nielsen. “How Hip-Hop Fell Out of Love With Obama.” The Guardian.
- Joseph Dana. “The Café and the Unfinished Revolution.” The LA Review of Books.
- Tom Freston. “Everyone Goes to Leo’s.” Vanity Fair.
- Jeff Sharlet “Inside Occupy Wall Street.“ Rolling Stone.
- Hugh Gusterson. “An education in occupation.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
- Maya Mikdashi. “The Uprisings Will Be Gendered.” Jadaliyya.
- Maya Mikdashi. “How Not to Study Gender in the Middle East.” Jadaliyya.
- Jeffrey Toobin. “How John Roberts Orchestrated Citizens United.” The New Yorker.
- Dahlia Lithwick. “Extreme Makeover: The story behind Lawrence v. Texas.” The New Yorker.
- Kiese Laymon. “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance.” Gawker.
- Madeline Miller. “Tape Delay.” Lapham’s Quarterly.
- Kendra Salois. “Jihad Against Jihad Against Jihad.” The New Inquiry.
- Laila Lalami. “So To Speak.” World Literature Today.
- Gregg Carlstrom. “In The Kingdom of Tear Gas.” MERIP.
- Kelly McEvers. “The Crackdown: How the US looked the other way while Bahrain crushed the Arab Spring’s most ill-fated uprising.” The Washington Monthly.
- Andreanne Stewart. “Why You Shouldn’t Tell American Border Guards You’re in Islamic Studies.” The McGill Daily.
All of these, endorsed by your fellow editor of the Long Reads tag.