It took a long, long, long time

These are the pieces of reporting, essays, culture writing, etc. that stayed with me over the course of 2017. I recommend each of the works listed here and hope to make a better attempt to keep up with the authors in the coming year. (See my own writing from last year.)

Chords of Inquiry, Carl Wilson (Bookforum)
Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories, Ronan Farrow (The New Yorker) / Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey’s NYT reporting
Five Magnificent Years, Geoffrey O’ Brien (The New York Review of Books)
When Fairfield County was the Comic Strip Capital of the World, Cullen Murphy (Vanity Fair)
Camera Obscura, Luc Sante (Bookforum)
Killing Bill O’Reilly, Matthew Stevenson (Harper’s)
The Girl Gangs of El Salvador, Lauren Markham (Pacific Standard)
Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast, Patrick Radden Keefe (The New Yorker)
How Jared Kushner is Dismantling a Family Empire, Rich Cohen (Vanity Fair)
Queens of the Stoned Age, Suketu Mehta (GQ)
Lions of Los Angeles, Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker)
A Secret Little Glass Home in the Heart of New York, Sadie Stein (The New York Times)
Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, and One Night In New York City, Ethan Iverson (The New Yorker)
The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency, Jane Mayer (The New Yorkerthis kept me up for several nights)
Making America Grateful Again, Mike Powell (The Ringer)

*Late entry: Critic Kim Morgan’s unmissable essay on It’s a Wonderful Life.

longform writing journalism 2017