I'm going to be hitting the road for a week today, so I won't be able to post my weekly media roundup this weekend. But rather than leave you empty-handed, I thought I'd give you a few of my all-time favorite long-form journalism articles (at least the ones available for free online). As you'll see, I'm partial to smart coverage of sports and Christian culture. Enjoy. — In honor of baseball's postseason, a couple of wonderful baseball stories: First, one of the all-time classics, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," by the New Yorker's incomparable John Updike. It's a beautiful account of Ted Williams' last game with the Boston Red Sox in 1960, and it's about as canonical as it comes in American sportswriting. Second, "The Ripples From Little Lake Nellie," Gary Smith's heartbreaking story of a 1993 boating accident that killed Cleveland Indians pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin. Smith, who's been at Sports Illustrated since 1983, is one of the nation's best sportswriters, and one of its best feature writers, period. And thanks to the amazing SI Vault, it's all there for the reading. — ESPN columnist/yukster Rick Reilly may have turned his career into a punchline for bloggers, but believe it or not, he used to actually write good stuff. My favorite of his is "The Mourning Anchor," his 1988 profile of Bryant Gumbel. It's understanding, but not exactly kind. Most importantly, it's an honest and perceptive look at a flawed man. — There's been a pretty good amount of fantastic writing about evangelical Christian culture in the past few years. I'm partial to John Jeremiah Sullivan's first-person foray into a Christian music festival, "Upon This Rock," which ran in GQ in February 2005. His vulnerability in the piece is striking and offers a lot of illumination into a very idiosyncratic subculture. Jeff Sharlet is the dean of this type of long-form Christian-subculture writing, and his May 2005 profile of Ted Haggard and his Colorado Springs megachurch is one of his finest works. It's pretty surreal to read this in light of Haggard's subsequent meth-and-male-prostitute bust.


August 28th, 2014

This Week in Review: Twitter and press intimidation in Ferguson, and a journalist’s brutal execution

August 21st, 2014

This Week in Review: Ferguson and press freedom, and BuzzFeed’s $50 million boost

August 14th, 2014

This Week in Review: Covering war in real time, and evaluating a pair of plagiarism cases

July 31st, 2014

This Week in Review: The Fox/Time Warner dance begins, and clickbait and its discontents

July 17th, 2014

This Week in Review: Facebook and online control, and educating stronger data journalists

July 10th, 2014

This Week in Review: Questions on Facebook’s experiment, and a knockout blow to Aereo

July 2nd, 2014

This Week in Review: Time Inc. tries to survive on its own, and the global shift to mobile news

June 12th, 2014

This Week in Review: A setback for reporter privilege, and a new New York Times opinion app

June 9th, 2014

Making sense of research: Has campaign journalism changed on Twitter?

June 5th, 2014

This Week in Review: Kinsley vs. Greenwald on NSA secrets, and new data on mobile’s rise