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New York Times Magazine Staff: Our Top Longreads of 2011

These were the results of a poll of all New York Times Magazine staff—edit, art, photo & production. We decided to do two lists: ‘Them’ and ‘Us,’ and hopefully that doesn’t get us in trouble with the Longreads governing body. 

THEM 

These were the consensus picks of the staff, with only a little executive tampering. Such as: We decided at the last moment to semi-cheat and put Amy Harmon on the list. Though she is an “us” and not a “them,” we didn’t know a thing about her story until we read it in the newspaper, just like everybody else, and it was too good to leave off a year-end list. You will notice that Paul Ford’s essay fills the “our list is not the same as every other list” slot, but that is not, we swear, the reason it made the cut. It probably provoked as much conversation in our office as any single story this year. It is pure pleasure to read. By the way, we loved a lot from The New Yorker, and we could have justifiably filled all 5 slots with their stories. Though, of course, we would never do that. Also, there will be one staff member made very upset by the exclusion of “Travis the Menace,” by Dan P. Lee in New York magazine. Sorry, pal.

• "A Murder Foretold," by David Grann, The New Yorker

• "Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World," by Amy Harmon, New York Times

• "The Glory of Oprah," By Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic

• "The Man Who Sailed His House," By Michael Paterniti, GQ

• "The Age of Mechanical Reproduction," by Paul Ford, The Morning News

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US

This is also the result of a poll of all magazine staff:

• "Qaddafi’s Never-Never Land," by Robert Worth

• "You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!" by John Jeremiah Sullivan

• "Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?" by Susan Dominus

"Murder of an Innocent Man," by Barry Bearak

• "What Happened to Air France Flight 447?" by Wil S. Hylton

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