Best magazine articles ever

the kentucky derby is decadent and depraved, hunter s. thompson, magazine article, scanlan's, ralph steadman

This is my favorite thing on the Internet today. The blog (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.

Check out this list of greatest magazine articles for yourself. If you have never read any of these articles, please do so. This is what good journalism looks like at the highest level.

Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles

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