Stephen Marche declares that we're "living in a golden age for writers and writing":
The essay — long or short, literary or plain — has never been stronger. Practically every week, some truly fantastic piece of long-form nonfiction appears. This is not the normal state of affairs, no matter what nostalgics pretend. It's easy to imagine that in the past every New Yorker had Hannah Arendt on the banality of evil or every Esquire had Nora Ephron on small breasts. Go back and look at those old magazines and you will discover something shocking: They're mostly boring; they're also often just plain sloppy. With a few notable exceptions, almost every magazine in the world is in its best shape ever, right now. Good old-fashioned competition — from the Internet and the expanding marketplace — has forced them to improve. They're better written. Vastly better designed. More entertaining. More accurate. Richer. Finding great writing — and getting stories in front of eyeballs — has never been easier. Try going to Longform.org or Byliner and not losing yourself in their labyrinths of entirely free, entirely superb stories.