Longform's Best of 2014

We recommended 1,642 articles this year, from 1,364 writers and 417 publishers. Collectively, they were read over 10 million times.

These are our favorites.

Read our Top Ten articles of 2014, plus the most popular posts of the year and picks for Crime, Tech, Essays and more.

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What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs

The inside story of how Yahoo’s C.E.O. lost her way.

Longform Podcast #122: Hanna Rosin

Hanna Rosin is a senior editor at The Atlantic and a founder and editor at DoubleX.

“I often think of reporting as dating, or even speed dating. You’re looking for someone where there’s a spark there between you and them. Sometimes that happens right away and sometimes it takes forever. ... You have to determine if they're reflective, friendly, open. It could be love at first sight and they're still all wrong, which is really heartbreaking.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Bonobos and The Los Angeles Times' Bookshelf Newsletter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Some Girls Want Out

On spectacular saintliness, holy anorexia, and female hysteria.

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The First Year

A baby’s brain needs love to develop.

Tuesday, December 16

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Playing Chicken

Antibiotics made modern farming possible. But as “societal drugs,” their use by any individual affects us all.

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"Witness 40": Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson

“The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him ‘like a football player, head down,’ is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself into another high-profile St. Louis criminal case with claims that police eventually dismissed as a ‘complete fabrication.’”

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The Birdcage

How franchises became the movie business.

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Girls Fight Out

When 16 women live in a house, compete on a UFC reality show, and punch each other in the face.

Monday, December 15

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Climate Change Takes a Village

Citizens of Shishmaref, Alaska are watching their beaches disappear and their homes fall into the sea. Is it too late to relocate?

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Saskia Sassen's Missing Chapter

A professor of sociology at Columbia reckons with her father’s relationship with Adolf Eichmann.

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Amen! (D'Angelo's Back)

A profile of the singer as he returns to the stage for the first time in a dozen years.