Since I had my daughter, keeping up my voracious reading habit has been difficult. Babies will not be put off by just a few pages until the end of the chapter. Nowadays, having a toddler with a predilection for opening all the cupboards in the house when I’m not looking makes it impossible to float away with a book.
Enter the long read. Long reads are perfect for short snatches of time when you want something substantial that doesn’t require too much commitment. I’ve loved long-form journalism since my undergraduate days. In third year, a very prickly sessional lecturer had us read Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief, and since then, I’ve found good non-fiction essential for its power to demand my attention and exercise my brain.
Here are links to five compelling long reads:
Patagonia’s Philosopher-King / The New Yorker
An amazing insight into the visionary that is Patagonia founder Yves Chouinard. I wish all companies were run like his. On-site daycare, time for surfing and a real commitment to the environment make Patagonia among the most utopian of apparel manufacturers.
Men Know It’s Better To Carry Nothing / The Cut
I came upon this link via Reading My Tea Leaves and it’s given me food for thought. A few years back, I decided that my partner’s stripped-back everyday carry was more goalz than a giant ‘it’ bag. It is so freeing to leave the house with nothing but phone, cardholder and keys.
Nora Ephron’s Apartment: A Love Story / The New Yorker
Anything Nora Ephron wrote is a delight to read, enough said.
Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand / Guardian
It’s only across the Tasman, yet New Zealand has been in the top five on my bucket list forever, somehow never making its way to number one. Now, the ultra-rich are busy buying up prime NZ real estate to shore up their futures. Maybe it’s time to consider a visit? I’d also happily trade Jacinda for our folk in Canberra any day.
How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million / New York Times
This meticulous profile on Gwyneth Paltrow highlights the thornier aspects of the wellness industry, which rightly has been the subject of a prolonged takedown by publications such as the NYT and Guardian. (Search ‘Guardian article wellness’ for evidence and just eat broccoli, okay?)
Do you have any recs for good long reads? Thanks for reading x