Every year I post a list of my favorite things on the internet. Over the past five, they’ve been, well, more political than I’d like. This year needs to come to a close differently.
To kick off a 2019 without Facebook and end 2018 on a positive high note, I picked out the 25 things that were not only enriching, but brought me joy as well.
So clear a few hours on your break (I know you have no idea what day or time it is, so you’ll be able to do this), and I hope you enjoy.
- The MCU trailer for Captain Marvel.
- Focus Features’ trailer for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” (and the movie was 10 times better. See it.)
- This inside look at Union Pool, the notorious hook-up bar of 2000’s New York.
- GQ’s loose oral history of a man who was universally appreciated, as told by Anthony Bourdain’s friends.
- This incredible thread on what it means to be a high-agency person, and how to do that in your life.
- The Ringer’s oral history of Nirvana’s Unplugged.
- Darius Foroux’s habits that have a huge impact on his life.
- GQ’s earnest piece on Jimmy Kimmel’s humor and politics, and why both are driving him to success.
- A rare funny moment in SNL’s 44th season: Che and Colin write each other’s jokes and have to perform them on air.
- This Reddit thread about cheat codes in the game of life.
- A closer look at the population density of New York City.
- This entire thread about a woman and her adopted father who served in World War II.
- New York mag’s must-read piece on how much of the internet is fake.
- This Reddit thread that crowdsources the best documentaries every made.
- Dave Itzoff’s excerpt from his book Robin on the final days of Robin Williams.
- The great James Baldwin’s advice on how to be a better writer, compiled by the Literary Hub.
- Bill Gates’ 5 Favorite Books of 2018.
- New York Mag’s candid interview with Jeff Goldblum, the actual most interesting man in the world.
- Quartz’s piece on how the high end art market is one of the most manipulated in the world.
- This tweet about what type of person she should be dating includes an awesome Shel Silverstein poem.
- Ryan Lizza’s bombshell story of a corrupt politician and his family. It reads like a criminal thriller, because it essentially is.
- HBR’s sobering article on why great people leave “great” cultures.
- The Village Voice beats up the MTA with a thorough exposè on why the world’s most important transit system is in dire straits.
- So does the New York Times. And they do it with charts and animations.
- This piece by the Seattle Times on the Baby Boomer generation’s under-explored – and potentially revealing – relationship with television.