Although to me at least it feels like this post is late, it’s actually right on time! The first Friday of each month you get a Best Longform of the previous month post and I’m continuing that right on into 2017. I toyed with the idea of doing a “Best longform of 2016” post but since I recap each month I feel like that might be a little pointless and decided to stick with the format.
Leaving on a Jet Plane: On Life in Airports and Coming Home by Helena Fitzgerald
I thought a lot about this piece. It really stuck with me, which is why I knew it was a good piece to include this month. As I was in airports or traveling around (which I did a lot of in December) I found myself thinking about this piece. I – like the author – enjoy switching off on planes and being completely disconnected, for different reasons, but it made me examine why in myself. Really a poignant piece all around. Highly recommend.
Rescue, Ransom, Escape or death are the only four outcomes for hostages by Mitch Potter & Michelle Shephard
I’m including a link to one story but you should read the whole series, there are links to it below. A fascinating series by the Toronto Star about what happens when a Canadian is taken hostage from all angles. This particular one really grabbed my attention as it talks about the only outcomes when you’re taken hostage. It really made me think more closely about safety while traveling.
The Body Electric by Ferris Jabr
Essentially this piece is about being hit by lightening and what that does to your body but also how it affects your life as a whole. It really gives new meaning to the idea that you’re more likely to be struck by lightening than win the lottery.
More than an Other by Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle has been in the news a lot lately for who she’s dating, and she’s been getting a lot of criticism for issues out of her control. But Elle gave her a platform to talk about being biracial and how that affected her growing up as well as in Hollywood where she couldn’t be easily typecast. The piece is so eloquent I hope that we’ll be hearing more from her.
Have you ever had a friend try to sell you products from their weird pyramid scheme? Or worse try to recruit you into it? From makeup products to knives these “be your own boss” by shifting a company’s product and recruiting people under you schemes are everywhere and most people know someone who is/was involved in one. But no Tyra Banks has hopped on, and her shadyness doesn’t seem to end there.
The One Man We Can All Agree On by Adam B. Vary
His latest movie may not be doing so well in the ratings or at the box office, but his charisma might be enough to push him through – I’m talking about Chris Pratt of course. What makes him so likeable and how far can he push that? He seems to have quite a bit of star power left in him.
Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America by Tina Nguyen
Easily the most talked about piece in December. Here’s the deal, Trump’s restaurant is hilariously bad and Nguyen skewered it (which is delightfully fun to read) then Trump tweeted about it then Vanity Fair printed that on their cover.
Locked & Loaded: The Gun Industry’s Lucrative Relationship with Hollywood by Gary Baum and Scott Johnson
Ever wondered why there are so many more guns in movies than there are in real life? While I’m Canadian so I always just assumed that was an American thing but apparently it’s not. The gun industry is paying a lot of money for you to think it’s more normal than it is.
Some Days the Bomb Goes Off by Jessica Luther
A ballerina whose very private struggle with sexual assault made her a spokesperson. This piece begs the question, when a person speaks out what responsibility do they have to other people? Are they responsible for everyone else just because something awful happened to them and if not them, then who should speak about this?
Here’s What Separates Casey Affleck from Nate Parker by Anne Helen Petersen
I talked about this in last month’s post, so why if Nate Parker and Casey Affleck both committed sexual assault is Parker’s movie completely over and dropped but Affleck is still the front runner for Best Actor? Petersen dives into this issue but it certainly is complex.
What was your favourite piece of longform this month? I love suggestions! As always send any from January over to me on Twitter or in the comments!
Side note: I wrote this entire blog post and I was really excited to be done early and then all of it deleted before I could save it… so I had to write it again. Boy was I not happy.
Side side note: It happened again. I’m sorry if this blog post is a bit shorter than usual, I had to rewrite it so many times after it kept deleting and it was very tiring.
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