This is my favorite thing on the Internet today. The blog KK.org (from Kevin Kelly) offers a list of the best magazine articles of all time.
As with all Internet lists, it is objective and incomplete and open to debate, but it does manage to capture many of magazine journalism’s best moments. No list, for instance, would be complete without Hunter S. Thompson’s The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, art by Ralph Steadman, shown above. That article is included, as are others I have enjoyed such as The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and The Long Tail. Notably absent is William Langewiesche’s Atlantic series on unbuilding the World Trade Center, which I thought was magnificent, but as I said, these lists are never complete.