Here’s to 2013
A Life-or-Death Situation, Robin Marantz Henig, New York Times
How the beliefs and convictions of a proponent of the “right to die” collides with her husband debilitating bike accident. Indispensable.
Bread and Women, Adam Gopnik, New Yorker
A beautiful glimpse into bread. Must-read if you know someone French.
Join Wall Street, Save the World, Dylan Matthews, Washington Post
Beyond, the witty title, the story of people revisiting how to help people meaningfully.
How James Turrel Knocked the Art World Off Its Feet, Leslye Davis, New York Times
The most breathtaking art expo I’ve seen (ever?) and the article that made me want to see it
Slow Ideas, Atul Gawande, New Yorker
For a change-obsessed Silicon Valley, a reminder of what it sometimes takes for important process to spread.
19: The True Story of the Yarnell Fire, Kyle Dickman, Outside
This year’s Snow Fall, without the smoke and mirrors. Well, with some smoke.
Into the Wildfire, Paul Tullis, New York Times
The counter-intuitive science and management of forest fires.
Change the World, George Packer, New Yorker
A look at Silicon’s Valley social changes and foray into politics (answers and follow-up worth reading too)
Survivorship Bias, David McRaney, You Are Not So Smart
What do the Department of War Maths, diets and superstar CEOs have in common?
How Not To Die, Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic
Another dive into the dark world of unwanted medical treatment and how low-tech innovation can play a role
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food, Michael Moss, New York Times
Inside the Battle of Hoth: The Empire Strikes Out, Spencer Ackerman, Wired
An hilarious tactical analysis of Darth Vader’s stupid strategy during the Battle of Hoth
A Pickpocket’s Tale, Adam Green, New Yorker
Federer as Religious Experience, David Foster Wallace, New York Times
If you enjoy tennis, you have to read this.
I do not fear death, Roger Ebert, Salon
Roger Ebert: The Essential Man, Chris Jones, Esquire
Achieving Your Childhood Dream, Randy Pausch
Not on this list
Any of the 20 articles I’ve read this past year about how and why the French are unhappy.