It’s been almost a year since I posted something here, and I don’t love the idea of a random mediocre blog post living at the top of this page forever and ever. So! How about some recommended reading?
I keep a folder titled “Stories I like” in my bookmarks bar, where I throw anything I particularly admire and don’t want to forget about. It’s a real hodge-podge, and the only thing that connects this stuff is that at some point I was struck by some aspect of it for personal or professional reasons, and thought to bookmark it in the moment. So, with the caveat that this isn’t anything close to a comprehensive list of Best Journalism, or even All My Favorite Stuff, maybe you’ll find some things here you enjoy.
These are essays and reporting from the past two years or so, arranged in rough order of publication date. Happy reading!
“A family learns the true meaning of the vow ‘in sickness and in health,’” Susan Baer, Washington Post
“Country Music, Openness to Experience, and the Psychology of the Culture War,” Will Wilkinson, Big Think
“Follow the Sacredness,” Jonathan Haidt, the New York Times
“A Monument to a Sioux Warrior, Its Completion Date Somewhat Unclear,” AG Sulzberger, the New York Times
“So Many Feelings,” Molly Fischer, N+1
“How to get under Aaron Sorkin’s skin (and also, how to high-five properly),” Sarah Nicole Prickett, the Globe and Mail
“The New Theist: How William Lane Craig became Christian philosophy’s boldest apostle,” Nathan Schneider, the Chronicle of Higher Education
“Single Mothers With Family Values,” Molly Worthen, the New York Times
“Little Libertarians on the Prairie,” Christine Woodside, the Boston Globe
“Murder by Craigslist,” Hanna Rosin, the Atlantic
“What’s Killing Poor White Women?” Monica Potts, the American Prospect
“Why the Marriage Plot Need Never Get Old,” Adelle Waldman, Page-Turner, the New Yorker
“Fighting Family Breakdown Will Take More Than Contraception,” Anna Sutherland, Family Studies
“California English,” David Sessions, Jacobin
“You’re Richer Than You Think,” Casey N. Cep, Pacific Standard