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.


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.


The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health

The belief that hidden memories can be “recovered” in therapy has been discredited, but the mental health establishment does not always learn from its mistakes—and families are still paying the price.


The Foreign Spell

To be a foreigner is to be perpetually detached, but it is also to be continually surprised.


Framed By Forensics

Junky, out-of-date science fuels jury errors and tragic miscarriages of justice. How can we throw it out of court?

Wednesday, December 17


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.