Metamorphosis: The Best Longform.org Story of the Week

Some critics worry that smartphones and tablet computers will ruin our ability to focus on long form material. To fight this trend, we will have the editors of Longform.org pick an essay for your weekend reading pleasure every week.

This week, editors Aaron Lammer and Max Linsky picked “Metamorphosis” by Andrew Corsello in the January 1997 issue of GQ.

Here’s why they picked it: “Had Corsello not written it so honestly, Jon Sarkin’s story would be near impossible to believe. A hard-working, creatively disinclined chiropractor, Sarkin suffered a stroke on October 20, 1988. It was the last day of his first life. In his second, which began the moment that blood vessel burst, Sarkin transformed into a massively prolific artist who had precious little in common with his previous self. An absolute classic.”

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