The best things I read in 2017

December 31, 2017

Photo: Death to the Stock Photo

Happy New Year’s Eve! I come bearing lots of links.

First, some good books:

We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love

Second, my absolute favorite Internet from this year:

When Things Go Missing, The New Yorker.

‘London Bridge is down’: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death, The Guardian.

The myth of the male bumbler, The Baffler.

How Amanda Chantal Bacon Perfected the Celebrity Wellness Business, The New York Times.

Anger That Can Save the World: On Justice, Feminism, and the Furies, Catapult.

I Didn’t Know What to Wear to My Brother’s Funeral, Racked.

And, finally, here’s the best of the rest — very loosely organized into categories (as much as possible, given that pretty much everything is politics, and racism and sexism are hard to separate), with my favorites bolded!


The Radical Crusade of Mike Pence, Rolling Stone.

To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation, The New York Times.

I Loved My Grandmother. But She Was a Nazi., The New York Times.

This Is What It’s Like to Come to the United States as a Refugee, The Atlantic.

No Time To Be Nice: Now Is Not The Moment To Remain Silent, WBUR.

Inside Putin’s Information War, Politico.

Our Lady of Complicity, The Baffler.

The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World’s Face, Splinter.

Anita Hill and her 1991 congressional defenders to Joe Biden: You were part of the problem, The Washington Post.

LEAKED: The White House’s Black History Month Program Of Events, Full Frontal on Medium.


Race and racism

The First White President, The Atlantic.

White Liberals Still Don’t Understand White Supremacy, Harper’s Bazaar.

Inside the Trial of Dylann Roof, The New Yorker.

How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality, The New York Times.

From Louis Armstrong to the N.F.L.: Ungrateful as the New Uppity, The New Yorker.

We Need to Talk About Digital Blackface in Reaction GIFs, Teen Vogue.

Love Needs Fury To Defeat Hate, The Fader.

The 5 Types of ‘Becky’, The Root.

Letter of the week: What is wrong with you, white supremacists?, The Salt Lake Tribune.

Gender and sexism

Women Aren’t Nags—We’re Just Fed Up, Harper’s Bazaar.

Ask Polly: ‘I Hate Men.’, The Cut.

The Reckoning Always Comes, Deadspin.

Own, Apologize, Repair: Coming Back to Integrity, Nora Samaran.

Real Men Might Get Made Fun Of, The New York Times.

Non-Compete Clause, The Baffler.

Meltdown of the Phantom Snowflakes, The Baffler.

A Circular History of Circle Jerks, MEL.

Re: Sweat Nothing’s 2018 Deodorant Scents (for Men and Women), The New Yorker.

Why Do Men Put on Basketball Shorts After Sex?, Racked.

The Protection Racket, Jezebel.

I’m Not Ready for the Redemption of Men, The New York Times.

So You Married Your Flirty Boss, The New Republic.

Why Would This Time Be Any Different?, Deadspin.

How to Talk to Women if You Believe Feminism Has Made It Really Hard to Know What Counts as ‘Harassment’, VSB.

This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex. It’s Really About Work., The Cut.

Ask Polly: Men Are the Worst, and I’m Married to One!, The Cut.

I Have Been Raped by Far Nicer Men Than You, VSB.

Nobody Wants to See your Dick — A Guide to Handling your Newfound Wealth and Influence, Chris Rosenthall on Medium.

10 things i say to preschoolers slash grown-ass men, Katy Kati Kate.


The Uncounted, The New York Times.

The LA Times’ Dirty John series.

The Man Who Cleans Up After Plane Crashes, GQ.

Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich, The New Yorker.

The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires, The New York Times.

The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth, ProPublica.

The Tampa Bay Times’ series on kids and auto theft in Florida: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Queens of the Stoned Age, GQ.

Beauty and bodies

The Trash Heap Has Spoken, Guernica.

A History of Women Who Burned to Death in Flammable Dresses, Racked.

What If We Cultivated Our Ugliness? or: The Monstrous Beauty of Medusa, Catapult.

Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age, The New York Times.

I Feel Like I Live in Somebody Else’s Body, Racked.

My Failed Attempt at Illness-Chic, Racked.

Home, family, work, and how we live

Do something. But you can’t do everything., Lenny Letter.

In the Shadow of a Fairy Tale — On becoming a stepmother., The New York Times.

Women Aren’t Ruining Food, Taste.

Parents Who Pay to Be Watched, The Cut.

Sorry for the Delayed Response, The New Yorker.

My Family’s Slave, The Atlantic.

SuperBabies Don’t Cry, Vela.

HGTV Is a Never-ending Fantasy Loop. Look Deeper, and It Gets Pretty Ugly., The Cut.

One Woman’s Reasons for Using, Not Storing, Heirloom Dishes, Philly Mag.

You Need an Afternoon Routine, Lifehacker.

The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time, The Cut.

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights, The New Yorker.

Quick note on starting a new draft, Jamie Lauren Keiles on Medium.

We Received $95,000 Worth of Free Stuff in Six Months, Racked.

A Holiday Survival Guide for Sad People, Pinch of Yum.

Your Happiness Is Built With the Little Things, Lifehacker.

I Rebuke Your Bullcrap Marshmallow Roasting Tactics In The Strongest Possible Terms, Deadspin.

Why do recipe writers lie and lie and lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions?, Slate.

The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1, The Huffington Post.

Let’s All Stop Saying Bless You, Lifehacker.

Pilgrims Without Internet, The Rumpus.

I Work from Home, The New Yorker.

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