In today’s New York Times, book critic Dwight Garner discusses yet another home for long-form journalism, which gets us up to maybe half a dozen nationally: Amazon’s Kindle Singles. These are longish magazine stories or shortish books that can be downloaded for a song to an e-reader.
For journalism devotees, a long-form story is a sit-down dinner instead of a sandwich grabbed at Subway and gobbled on the subway. It’s 18 holes on a real golf course instead of nine on a putt-putt. I cop to a bias in favor of long-form journalism, having dabbled in the hobby for a month or two.
Once there were lots of places for long-form stories—the prime one being the magazines of Sunday newspapers, fat with advertising. Most of those Sunday mags have long since starved to death.