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December 18, 2012 at 4:26pm
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Trying to identify the best 10 articles of the year is a fool’s game, but it’s one I like to play, if only so I can revisit some great writing. My criteria is simple: listed below are the 10 stories I enjoyed reading the most in the past 12 months, either because they knocked me on my ass, made me laugh, or made me jealous I didn’t come up with the idea first. There’s lots of stuff I loved but had to leave off, like Jon Mooallem on a runaway monkey, Burkhard Bilger on strongmen, John Jeremiah Sullivan on Cuba, Ben McGrath on high school football, David Wanczyk on the National Wife-Carrying Championships, Ta-Nehisi Coates on our black president, et al. Here are the 10 that made the cut:
1) Grame Wood, How a Salafi Preacher Came for My Soul, The New Republic
2) David Grann, The Yankee Commandante, The New Yorker
3) David Samuels, Wild Things, Harper’s
4) Brian Phillips, A Fighter Abroad, Grantland
5) Jon Baskin, Coming to Terms, The Point
6) Pamela Colloff, The Innocent Man, Texas Monthly
7) Multiple reporters, What Happened at Dos Erros?, This American Life
8) Annie Lowrey, Where’s _why?, Slate
9) Jill Lepore, The Lie Factory, The New Yorker
10) Mike Sula, Chicken of the Trees, Chicago Reader

Trying to identify the best 10 articles of the year is a fool’s game, but it’s one I like to play, if only so I can revisit some great writing. My criteria is simple: listed below are the 10 stories I enjoyed reading the most in the past 12 months, either because they knocked me on my ass, made me laugh, or made me jealous I didn’t come up with the idea first. There’s lots of stuff I loved but had to leave off, like Jon Mooallem on a runaway monkey, Burkhard Bilger on strongmen, John Jeremiah Sullivan on Cuba, Ben McGrath on high school football, David Wanczyk on the National Wife-Carrying Championships, Ta-Nehisi Coates on our black president, et al. Here are the 10 that made the cut:

1) Grame Wood, How a Salafi Preacher Came for My Soul, The New Republic

2) David Grann, The Yankee Commandante, The New Yorker

3) David Samuels, Wild Things, Harper’s

4) Brian Phillips, A Fighter Abroad, Grantland

5) Jon Baskin, Coming to Terms, The Point

6) Pamela Colloff, The Innocent Man, Texas Monthly

7) Multiple reporters, What Happened at Dos Erros?, This American Life

8) Annie Lowrey, Where’s _why?, Slate

9) Jill Lepore, The Lie Factory, The New Yorker

10) Mike Sula, Chicken of the Trees, Chicago Reader

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