And it begins, just as we provide a weekly compendium of the week’s best feature articles, it follows that we’d do the same for the year’s best. We’ve recommended over 900 articles this year, and as longform articles have represented almost 200 of those 900, it makes sense the ‘best of’ extravaganza starts here. Later this month we’ll have best of lists for literary, film and urbanist articles as well as a bumper list of article recommendations from our guest curators, all writers and editors from some of the best publications around.
Whilst there have been interesting recent discussions about the labelling of longform, it’s hard to deny that it’s the form of online publishing that gives us the most hope when negotiating or bursting a post-truth, fake news culture. The type of longform that I espouse below is neither cheap or easy to make, and the publishers who invest in it either have big(ger) budgets, believe in it despite the effort, or have shown a commitment to the format alongside more shareable material. When compiling this list, one thing that was immediately noticeable is the inclusion of far more multimedia in those longform offerings – the literary, text-heavy features I found in abundance in 2015 are being diluted (to their merit) with excellent photography, illustration and video. Perhaps this is the influence of Medium, or longform specialists like Atavist who place multiple media formats at the heart of their production, but it’s a trend I expect to see continue into 2017 and will increasingly put into question our grasp of longform as a unique format – as will the experimentation with virtual reality storytelling, which has only just begun. What follows are, to me, some of the most significant arts & culture articles we’ve recommended in the last year that are over 1,500 words.
This is a crazy story. I’d like to think that it’s William Friedkin’s creativity at work because if it’s not there’s wild things going on in Italy. The Director of The Exorcist writes up his experience earlier this year of seeing an exorcism for the first time, and things go bad. Sequel in the making?