If for nothing else, 2015 should be remembered as the year we almost lost both Emma Carmichael and Cord Jefferson, but somehow managed not to. The Awl’s incredible year-end series of essays, “Save Yourself,” includes Emma and Cord both telling their stories, and so much else. Here are a few of my favorites but, they are all so good.
- Emma Carmichael and her cousin were pinned to a highway bridge railing by a truck and nearly killed. How do you recover from that?
- Cord Jefferson’s heart had to be rebooted, “like an old laptop.” Good luck.
- I already mentioned, but will not hesitate to mention again, Carrie Frye’s story about writing her North Pole balloonists novel.
- Rob Dubbin: The Humbling and Inspiring Tale of the Game That Proved Hitler’s Name Is Still Worth at Least A Million Dollars.
- Maria Bustillos joined historical revisionism, regret, and the new Star Wars.
- Max Read confronted the burden of too much free time, and wasted it, like a giant nerd. You or I would have done no better.
- Leah Reich: “When someone gives you a hot pile of garbage wrapped in a satiny ‘sorry’ bow, take it as the gift it is.” And here’s some bonus Leah in the swanky New York Times Magazine, on ants and anxiety.
- Jacqui Shine would like to apologize for the following.
- Paul Ford was, and is, beautiful.
- And Betsy Morais went bra shopping.
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