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.


The Chopping Houses

Fears of witchcraft leave a trail of dismembered bodies in Buenaventura, Colombia.


"You Have Thousands of Angels Around You"

A refugee survives the Rwandan genocide and finds a future in Atlanta.


The Lives of Ronald Pinn

Creating, and then attempting to dismantle, a fake persona based on a man who died in 1984.

Saturday, December 20


The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand

How the author writes best-selling non-fiction books without the ability to leave her house.


From Africa to Kent: Following in the Footsteps of Migrants

Tracing the steps of migrants from the Middle East and Africa to the Kent countryside.


Friday, December 19


Host in the Shell

Immune systems don’t make for clean narratives, even as we expect them to keep us pure.


A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit

The rise and murderous fall of the Harkey family, the scions of a pecan dynasty.


School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson

Michael Brown beat the odds by graduating from high school before his death—odds that remain stacked against black students in St. Louis and the rest of the country.


The Disappeared

The story of September 26, 2014, the day 43 Mexican students went missing.

Thursday, December 18


How Young Thug Got Trapped By A $15,000 Advance From A Major Label

360 degree deals and the music industry’s new hostages.