My name is Mark Armstrong
, and four and a half years ago, I created Longreads
What started as an afternoon project has now grown into something much bigger—a global community of readers, sharing what they love, across both nonfiction and fiction. Along the way we’ve built Longreads into a trusted service that recommends the best stories on the web, and tracks down stories never before published online.
Our service is self-funded, built by four people (and many contributors) who have worked nights and weekends to create something we believe in.
Now we need your help to keep this service running. We want to make good on our vision to build Longreads into a truly global hub for readers, writers and publishers.
Today, we’re announcing the Longreads Member Drive: A new way for you to support this service and give the entire #Longreads community a stake in our future.
Last week we lost a pioneer of early computing, Doug Engelbart, and Tom Foremski has an excellent short backstory
about the inventor of the mouse. It was Engelbart's 1968 demo of computer graphical user interfaces that inspired everything we now use today—yet despite his many accomplishments Engelbart struggled in later years to get attention or funding for his work.
Last week, the below YouTube video resurfaced on Twitter to remind me about everything I loved, and still love, about Mr. Rogers. It’s a clip from the 1997 Daytime Emmys, where Fred McFeely Rogers accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award:
Longreads' Mark Armstrong on Steven Soderbergh's "State of the Cinema" and four other recommended stories about the movie, music and publishing industries.
Coming Tuesday from Frontline: "Inside Obama's Presidency."
We've collected a list of stories from Obama's first term—share your favorite presidential stories on Twitter with the hashtag #longreads.