Have you heard of Longreads? It’s a website that highlights long-form journalism from a variety of sources (The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The New York Times). I love these kind of stories so I was thrilled to discover it (from an article in the Washington Post).
To start you off try The Possibilian from the April 25, 2011 New Yorker. It’s a fascinating article on David Eagleman, a neuroscientist researching how the brain perceives time.