BEST READS 2015
We get the Sunday New York Times and The New Yorker delivered weekly so that's where most of my longform journalism comes from.
- •Ta Nehisi Coates: Between The World And Me"The point of this language of “intention” and “personal responsibility” is broad exoneration. Mistakes were made. Bodies were broken. People were enslaved. We meant well. We tried our best. “Good intention” is a hall pass through history, a sleeping pill that ensures the Dream."
- •Karl Ove Knausgaard - My Saga, NYTimes Sunday Magazine"I should email The Times and explain the situation. Maybe they had a solution. But I couldn’t. I just couldn’t bring myself to tell them that I’d undertaken this great road-trip assignment across the U.S. without my license. They’d think I was a complete idiot."
- •Truman Capote: In Cold blood"As long as you live, there's always something waiting; and even if it's bad, and you know it's bad, what can you do? You can't stop living."
- •Patrick Radden Keefe: The Avenger, New YorkerI was lying on a beach flipping through the New Yorker thinking this would be the 1st story I'd skip over, but then I read the first few sentences and found it to be the most gripping murder mystery /man hunt piece I've ever read. Don't miss the Frontline series on the same subject.
- •Kim Gordon: Girl In A BandKim Gordon was there for all of it: the 60s hippie era in California, the 70s/80s punk and downtown art scene in New York, the grunge and alternative rock explosion of the 90s. But this memoir is written from a place of deep sadness, anger and regret at the end of a marriage and the end of a career. Gordon shares a lot of clarity, wisdom, and love in her story.
- •Adrian Chen: Conversion Via Twitter, New YorkerI love everything Adrian Chen writes. This is a bizarre story about a young woman from the hate-mongering, millennialist Westboro Baptist Church doing some heavy soul-searching and finding herself through some weird relationships cultivated with Orthodox Jews via Twitter.
- •Karl Ove Knausgaard: My Struggle Book 1"For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops."
- •Aaron E. Carroll: No, You Don't Have To Drink 8 Glass Of Water A Day, NYTimesGreat ammunition in the endlessly inane conversation about being healthy and staying hydrated.
- •Miranda July: A Very Revealing Conversation With Rihanna, The NYTimes Sunday MagazineMiranda July has come up a lot this year in my life for various reasons. This piece becomes more about her Nigerien Uber driver, Oumarou, who takes her from the east side of LA to Malibu for her interview with Rihanna. I got to meet Oumarou at an NYTimes party at the Chateau Marmont a few months ago. He came dressed in bright white tuxedo and was the most beautiful person in attendance.
- •Randy Laist: Why I Identify As Mammal, NYTimes"Drawing the line of sympathy at the base of the mammal branch on the tree of life provides a stable (if admittedly somewhat artificial) frame of reference for considering the senses of both similitude and otherness through which we experience the nonhuman world."