June 29, 2011: The Discriminating Reader’s New BFF

CURRENTLY READING: Life by Keith Richards and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
-3,225 PAGES

Just launched last week, Byliner is equal parts Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Saturday paper, publisher, librarian and literary DJ. If that sounds ambitious, it is. Byliner bills itself as a place to discover and discuss great stories and great writers. In their words: “We’ll find you something good to read.”

My first exploration of the site revealed such variety as a 2006 article by David Foster Wallace about the religion that is Roger Federer, a love letter to New York City by Joan Didion originally published in 1967, and an exposé of a prince who blew a billion-dollar fortune from the current issue of Vanity Fair.  Needless to say, I’m intrigued.

There is a paid-access section called Byliner Originals that features current articles from noted authors not available elsewhere. For $2.99 I’m certainly tempted to read “Three Cups of Deceit” by Jon Krakauer. Otherwise, the content is free and the site even offers curated reading lists. Even better, all the articles are chosen or edited to be readable in a single sitting. I’m not sure if I was really looking for a new BFF, but I think I found one anyway.


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1 Response to June 29, 2011: The Discriminating Reader’s New BFF

  1. Claire says:

    Love this, thanks for suggesting it. I’ve also been reading from Longform.org.

    It seems to me that an editor or curator used to dig up rare finds. Now we need them just as much, but to help us make choices.

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