Articles of 2018: A megalist

For my last post of the year I thought I’d collect all my favourite articles/essays/long reads of the year. So here they all are (over 65 of them) categorised as best as I can for you to dig into over Christmas and into the new year.

Have a great break and see you in 2019.

PERSONAL ESSAYS & MEMOIR

The Cosmonaut’s Glove

Compulsion: Where Object Meets Anxiety

Why Aren’t You Laughing? Reckoning with Addiction

Why I’m suing over my dream internship

Was She J.D. Salinger’s Predator or His Prey?

FOOD & DRINK

Tokyo’s Long Lines Lead to Magic (and Life-Changing Ramen)

Letter of Recommendation: Drinking at Lunch

Flynn McGarry: Can ‘the Justin Bieber of Food’ Grow Up?

The Enormous Life of Anthony Bourdain, According to Those Who Knew Him Best

MOVIES & TV

The Making of Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie

David Lynch’s Night Truths

“Mr. Plow” at 25: How ‘The Simpsons’ Classic Pushed New Boundaries and Helped Cement the Show’s Legacy

It Had Never Been Done on Television Before: The Oral History of ‘Breaking Bad

My Woody Allen Problem

Wallace Shawn’s Late Night

In Praise of an Afternoon at the Movies

The Future of TV Is About Couch Shows vs. Phone Shows

Letter of Recommendation: Crying at Movies

What Ever Happened to Brendan Fraser?

Inside Trials of Johnny Depp: Lawsuits, Drinking, Marriage Gone Wrong

The Kids in the Hall – An Oral History (video)

Going All In: An Oral History of ‘Rounders’

Behind The Untouchables: The Making of the Memoir That Reclaimed a Prohibition-Era Legend

BOOKS & PUBLISHING

“I’ve got a few of these stories”: An afternoon with Clive James, Tom Stoppard and Julian Barnes

Will Self in Praise of Difficult Novels

The Mystery Buffs in the White House

The Gorgeous Typeface That Drove Men Mad and Sparked a 100-Year Mystery

Vice Media Was Built on a Bluff

SPORT & GAMES

Every Mission is a Suicide Mission – Accompanying a contestant to a pro-level Galaga tournament

Send the Barbarian in First · Dungeons and Dragons helped me bond with my kids—and now I teach other dads to play

SOCIETY & POLITICS

Improving Ourselves to Death

After Authenticity

My Life Cleanse: One Month Inside L.A.’s Cult of Betterness

Attention, Please: Anne Tyler Has Something to Say – The New York Times

Fran Lebowitz: ‘You do not know anyone as stupid as Donald Trump’

Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity

The Wizard of Q

Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism

MUSIC

In Conversation: Quincy Jones

Bruce Springsteen on Mental Health, Springsteen on Broadway, His Father and His Career

TECHNOLOGY & THE INTERNET

I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore

Is 2018 the Year We Step Away From Social Media?

Twitter Lessons From A Writer Who Grew Up Online

“Oh My God, This Is So F—ed Up”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Secretive, Orgiastic Dark Side

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Frank Chimero · The Good Room

The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought

Instagram Poetry Is A Huckster’s Paradise

TRUE CRIME & TRUE STORIES

Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide

The Final, Terrible Voyage of the ‘Nautilus’

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

Blood Will Tell: Who Killed Mickey Bryan?

Hunting the Con Queen of Hollywood

24-Year-Old Australian Man Spent $2 Million After a Bank Glitch

The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code

The Lottery Hackers

Secrets of Las Vegas’s Exclusive High-Roller Cosmopolitan Suite

How the Great California Dispensary Heist Went Horrifically Wrong

The Time Bandits of Southern California

PLACES

The Death of a Once Great City

Inside Tokyo’s audiophile venues

‘You Can’t Get Nothing Like This No More’: How London’s Oldest Family-Run Café Beat Gentrification

As Google Maps Renames Neighborhoods, Residents Fume

VIDEO ESSAYS

American Utopia: Detroit

Quentin Tarantino and the Poetry Between the Lines

I HEART NY

Spike Jonze Welcome Home – Apple HomePod Making Of

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