The Best Outside Long Reads of 2020
Your holiday reading list, recommended by our editors
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In 2020, we all gained a new appreciation for the power of storytelling, amid a news cycle that seemed determined to outdo itself every week. As people found themselves homebound, with more time to read, listen, and watch, Outside’s editors and writers poured themselves into producing long-form feature stories aimed to inform, inspire, entertain, and, yes, at times distract (we all needed it). Here are the exceptional long-form pieces we published this year that you’ve got to read this holiday season, according to our staff.
“My Priceless Summer on a Maine Lobster Boat”
My favorite long read of 2020 was college student Luna Soley’s recent piece on spending the pandemic summer living alone on a tiny Maine island. During her time there, she worked for one of the few sternwomen in the Northeast’s commercial lobster business. Soley reflects on the isolation we’ve all felt this year, and how amplified her version feels on the island, which measures just 500 feet across. Her crisp, thoughtful voice shines throughout this essay as she navigates her new world. The moment it went live on the site, I texted it to all my friends and family, designating it their next bedtime read. They all loved it. —Abigail Wise, digital managing director