Recommended reading — Sept. 29

As evidenced by The Atlantic Wire’s “What I Read” series and The New York Times Magazine’s new strikingly similar feature, people are interested in what other people are reading. And it’s gone beyond the old, recommend-a-book-to-a-friend practice. As Longreads and other services make reading more social, I figure a good way to stay up on the good writing being done is to offer up what I’m reading in hopes others will do the same.

So, each Friday, I’ll recommend some reading material:

The Great New England Vampire Panic, by Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine: If you aren’t reading Smithsonian regularly, you should.

Chipper Jones: An Oral History, by Max Blau, Creative Loafing Atlanta: Oral histories are popping up more and more, seemingly spurred on by Grantland’s several mind-blowing tales. This one is from a smaller organization in Atlanta, commemorating the career of an iconic baseball player about to hang up his spikes.

The Writing Revolution, by Peg Tyre, The Atlantic: This story has blossomed into a full debate on how to teach writing. It’s drawing a lot of interest and discussion on Twitter among…writers. It would be interesting to know how people who don’t write for a living see it.

The Honor System, by Chris Jones, Esquire: A story about magic, or possibly deceit. Another classic from Chris Jones.

Game 6 Revisited, by Jonah Keri, Grantland: This is a throwback, to get ready for baseball’s playoffs. It’s Keri’s transcendent dive into the machinations of World Series Game 6, the one where Cardinals third baseman David Freese became a hero.


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