The user low-key in the tilde IRC pointed me to this, and I just wanted to share:
Internet Gopher, the Bridge to the Web
It's not just about what Gopher is and how it works, but how it came to be and what led to its decline. Written by Robert Albierti, who was on the original development team at University of Minnesota.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I.
-- CC0 Björn Wärmedal