Year-end Round-up of Things

by J.A. Myerson

Last year, I wrote a post here called 12 Articles That Killed It in 2012 that people seemed to find useful. So here’s a similar thing for 2013. My friends are featured heavily both because I like featuring my friends and because my friends produced unbelievable work this year. Away we go.

Seven essays that bowled me over this year, in no particular order:

1. How To Be A Person In The Age Of Autoimmunity, Carolyn Lazard, Cluster Magazine

2. The Worst of White Folks, Kiese Laymon, Gawker

3. Yes, America Has Gotten Better About Racism, but It Really Doesn’t Matter, Mychal Denzel Smith, The Nation

4. Cockblocked by Redistribution: A Pick-up Artist in Denmark, Katie J.M. Baker, Dissent

5. Expecto Patronum: Lessons From Harry Potter for Social Justice Organizing, Chris Crass, Organizing Upgrade

6. What Picketing Taught Me About Feminism, Julia Carrie Wong, Salon

7. Dear Khary (An Autobiography of Gentrification), Dr. Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson, Gawker

The best satire I read this year:

1. The first job creator, Adam Kotsko, An und für sich

2. Destructo Salon: Does Matthew Yglesias Enjoy Murder?, General Gandhi, Mark Brendle, Jeb Lund, Et tu, Mr. Destructo?

An incredible wedding article:

1. In Zuccotti Park, a Demonstration of Love, Colin Moynihan, The New York Times

Remember this shit going down this year?

1. Human Doll Cloning Is So Hot Right Now In Japan, Messy Nessy Chic

2. School Suspends Student for Writing YOLO on Test, Tweeting It to School Officials, Neetzan Zimmerman, Gawker

3. Richard III dig: DNA confirms bones are king’s, BBC News

4. Woolwich suspect’s friend arrested after appearing on Newsnight, Conal Urquhart and Vikram Dodd, The Guardian

And a couple cool things to look at:

1. Visualization of Every Protest Since 1979

2. NYC Grid