The Millions has been on Tumblr for over a year now, and in that time we’ve discovered hundreds of fellow literary blogs on the platform. A year ago, I rounded up a list of my favorite Tumblr neighbors, and due to that list’s great response, I rounded up an additional batch six months ago. My goals both times were simple: to get more eyeballs on these great pages, and also to alert Tumblr agnostics of the vibrant literary community blossoming on the site. Hopefully I achieved both.
The woman behind Article of the Week, an excellent Tumblr that collects great magazine journalism, has put together a list of her 10 all-time favourite articles for us:
The Joplin Tornado by Luke Dittrich - An account of the Joplin tornado, and the people who survived it. This is my favorite article ever. I cried, buckets. Make sure you watch the video, too.
The Things That Carried Him by Chris Jones - The story of a soldier’s death, told in reverse, from his internment back to the moment he was killed. Incredibly moving and beautiful.
A Murder Foretold by David Grann - Simply an incredible mystery story, and Grann does some amazing work figuring it out.
So, Cricket? Maybe? By Michael Schur and Nate Dimeo - Two sitcom writers liveblog a cricket match. This is 12,000 words, I’ve read it three times, laughing out loud the whole way through.
Either/Or by Ariel Levy - A profile of the runner Caster Semenya, and a stunning meditation on gender and bodies and humanity.
A Rough Guide to Disney World by John Jeremiah Sullivan - Sullivan goes to Disney World with his family, gets high with his friend. Every single sentence makes you go “Yes!”
The Truck Stop Killer by Vanessa Veselka - When the author was a teenage runaway, she had a run in with a man who may or may not have been “the Truck Stop Killer.” She traces his history and hers, exploring crime, victims, consequences, and memory.
The Apostate, By Lawrence Wright - A great piece of reporting about Scientology - fair, well-researched, but still super juicy.
The Well Hung Boy Next Door by Wells Tower - Pieces about porn star James Deen are a personal favorite. Tower is such a crackerjack writer that this one is a joyride the whole way through.
The Immortal Horizon by Leslie Jamison - Every year there is a race in the mountains of Northern Tennessee. Only eight people have ever finished it, out of the hundred who have ever run. A crazy story of crazy people, well told.
Plus a bonus paywalled articles which would have been my number 5 pick: Transfiguration by Raffi Khatchadourian - How Dallas Wiens found a new face.
Ross Old Book Shop, Wye, Herefordshire. Ross Old Book & Print Shop is a traditional second-hand and antiquarian bookshop.
There are around 20,000 different titles on display, ranging from recent publications to 300-year-old rarities. New items are added every single day. You will find a good selection of past and present books on the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and Wales. (photo courtesy of Hymer Club)
“Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot. Thomas Stearns Eliot pays tribute to “Mr. Mistoffelees, ” “The Run Tum Tugger, ” “Macavity: The Mystery Cat, ” and a variety of other cats in this engaging collection of humorous poems. Originally composed to amuse Mr. Eliot’s intimate friends, to whom they were sent anonymously, these verses have proven irresistible to cat lovers, lovers of nonsense, and admirers of T.S. Eliot throughout the English-speaking world.
Sergey Stefanovich’s “The Library” takes viewers on a journey through Duncan Fallowell’s library “which has spilled over into every available space and become an art installation in its own right.”