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Offline Mike

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The long form article thread
« on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:13:28 am »
:lol: Doomed to fail.

Few weeks back I read "Frank Sinatra has a cold", which is supposed to be the very best example of a long form article.

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Talese had spent the first ten years of his career at The New York Times. He felt restricted by the limitations of newspaper writing and began searching for jobs with magazines. In 1965, he signed a one-year and six-story contract with Esquire magazine. His first assignment from Esquire editor Harold Hayes was to write a profile of Frank Sinatra. It was a difficult assignment; Sinatra had turned down interview requests from Esquire for years.

Sinatra was about to turn 50 and was heavily in the spotlight. Sinatra's relationship with 20-year-old Mia Farrow was constantly in the news. A CBS television documentary had upset Sinatra, who felt that his life was being pried into and was unhappy about speculation in the documentary about his connection to mafia leaders. He was also worried about his starring role in an upcoming NBC show named after his album, A Man and His Music and his various business ventures in real estate, his film company, his record label and an airline. At the time, Sinatra maintained a personal staff of 75.

Sinatra refused to be interviewed for the profile. Rather than give up, Talese spent the three months, beginning in November 1965, following Sinatra and observing everything he could and interviewing any members of his entourage who were willing to speak. Esquire paid nearly $5,000 in expenses over the duration of the story. Talese vacillated on whether the story could be finished but ultimately concluded, in a letter to Harold Hayes, that "I may not get the piece we'd hoped for—the real Frank Sinatra but perhaps, by not getting it—and by getting rejected constantly and by seeing his flunkies protecting his flanks—we will be getting close to the truth about the man." Without Talese ever receiving Sinatra's cooperation, the story was published in April 1966.

http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ1003-OCT_SINATRA_rev_

It's the epitome of tl;dr, but it's obviously really good, even as someone that isn't a fan of the person being profiled.

Maybe someone knows/can provide some more really good longform articles (Not sure if they have an accepted name)?
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Offline TaylorJ_01

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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #1 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:18:10 am »
too longform;didn't reading
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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #2 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:18:38 am »
What is 'longform'?
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Offline Ameritoon

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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #3 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:19:01 am »
Uhh words

Offline Ameritoon

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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #4 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:19:30 am »
Writing these is actually what I want to do for a living, but I still feel like I need to make fun of this.

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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #5 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:20:03 am »
:lol: Man f*** y'all then. Two god damn threads about shitting and this won't fly? Motherfuckers.

Offline B-more Mag

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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #6 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:44:44 am »
Slate has some good "best longform" pieces on different topics.

Offline Belfast Mags

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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #7 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 09:41:44 am »
WORST. THREAD. EVER
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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #8 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 09:47:08 am »
:lol: Man f*** y'all then. Two god damn threads about shitting and this won't fly? Motherfuckers.

 :lol: :lol:

Offline Jimburst

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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #9 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 10:02:42 am »
What's longform? :lol: Is that American for 'a few pages' ;)
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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #10 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 10:15:08 am »
:lol: Man f*** y'all then. Two god damn threads about shitting and this won't fly? Motherfuckers.

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Offline Tomato Deuce

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #11 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 12:43:39 pm »
Buzzfeed, deplorable site as it is, actually has good longforms every now and then.

Offline TaylorJ_01

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #12 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:15:12 pm »
Why do Americans have to create words for things that aren't things? Longforms ffs.
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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #13 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:22:23 pm »
What's longform? :lol: Is that American for 'a few pages' ;)

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Offline noaliasmike

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #14 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:25:31 pm »
It's not even defined on urbandictionary. First he takes the username I wanted, now he starts making up s*** words.  :rant:

Offline B-more Mag

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #15 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:30:34 pm »
Why do Americans have to create words for things that aren't things? Longforms ffs.

When you rule the world you can do any goddamn thing you want, squibfowl.

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #16 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 01:45:02 pm »
somtox y

Offline Mike

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #17 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 02:07:48 pm »
Why do Americans have to create words for things that aren't things? Longforms ffs.

:lol: It's almost like this is our language too. Do what we want with the s***.

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #18 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 02:08:55 pm »
It's not even defined on urbandictionary. First he takes the username I wanted, now he starts making up s*** words.  :rant:

:lol: All Mikes are brothers, and this is how you act.

Offline Jimburst

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #19 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 02:09:59 pm »
I'm calling for a ban on all Americans, right here, based on the f***ing shitness of this thread. Longform ffs.
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Offline Atticus

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #20 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 02:12:44 pm »
He even put a fullstop in the title again ffs.

Offline B-more Mag

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Re: The long form article thread.
« Reply #21 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 02:14:05 pm »
Slate has some good "best longform" pieces on different topics.

Here it is: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/longform.html
Collected from: http://longform.org/

Offline Mike

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #22 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 02:14:41 pm »
:lol: Tried something nice, linked a solid article that was a great read, boozy Brits too shitfaced to read it. Gonna make this s*** work out of absolute f***ing spite.

Offline Belfast Mags

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #23 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 03:00:41 pm »
Nope
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Offline Ameritoon

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Re: The long form article thread
« Reply #24 on: Friday 31 January 2014, 03:24:32 pm »
I was just laughing at first because of Mike, but ya'll motherfuckers seriously don't know what longform means? It's a staple in journalism. :lol: