Riese’s Team Pick: Longform Does National Magazine Awards

As you know, I spend 25% of my days daydreaming about what life would be like if everyone valued the importance of long-form journalism, 25% of my days daydreaming about what life would be like if we had any money so that I could write some long-ass investigative article about something Really Important, and the other 50%, well, that’s private.

In any event, the National Magazine Award Finalists were announced last week, and as the LA Times writer confesses: “The only problem with the American Society of Magazine Editors announcing the finalists for its print awards Tuesday is that now I have a really long reading list. Seriously, I could barely get to writing this post because I was dragged in by the stories that the awards link to (many are online, some are not).”

HOWEVER NOW THEY ARE — Longform.org has the complete text of all the pieces nominated for 2011 National Magazine Awards on its website.

If you read all of them, you’ll be 75% smarter by the end of the day. We just wanted you to know that there are lots of intelligent voices on the internet. They’re just not so loud sometimes.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 3183 articles for us.


  1. Thank you for posting this! I love long, intelligent magazine articles. Also, I… well, let’s just say I spend a lot of time on that “Break-up Advice” article you posted, and… it’ll be great to have something to take up time that is also interesting, engaging, and self-improving (is that a word?)

  2. Suggestion: before reading Solitude and Leadership by William Deresiewicz, turn off your gmail notifier/twitter client/other distractions – you’ll feel a bit sheepish if you don’t.

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