The Long Essay Is about to Become Fashionable

It seems like an extraordinary claim to make, but thanks to [Jason Kottke](http://kottke.org) I have recently come across a number of sites that essentially aggregate long essays. A closer look at the genre is probably worth the while.

* [The Essayist](http://essayist.tumblr.com/) is a Tumblr site.
* [Give Me Something to Read](http://givemesomethingtoread.com/) is also on Tumblr but it also serves everything as already saved to [Instapaper](http://instapaper.com/).
* [Long Reads](http://longreads.com/) has some great content — and, like the others, has a wonderful, spare design.
* [The Long Form](http://longform.org/) is like a stack of three-by-five cards from days of old, all with references to interesting essays.