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What are your favorite pieces of writing thus far in 2012?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Double Down, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    We're halfway through the year, and I'm curious what pieces stand out? Not because I want to see anyone blown, just don't want to have missed a great story.

    Does not, at all, need to be limited to sports.

    Links please, if they exist.
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Reilly's latest column would be near the top.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    OK, with that out of the way (take it in the good spirit with which it was intended), my real answer:


    The New Yorker's face transplant story.

    Unfortunately, it's behind a subscriber wall, but you can get the gist at the link.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Patrick Hruby's story on conspiracy theories.

  6. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    I have quite a few in mind, but I will start small(ish) and offer this piece by Pierce about Levon Helm and America. One of the best pieces of music writing I've read in a long time.

  7. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    I keep track of the year's best sports reads, to some degree, though I've been bad about it the past few months for a variety of reasons. I have about 20 bookmarked from this year, but here are seven of the very best:

    Kent Babb on Scott Pioli's culture of fear
    Dan Wetzel on Tom Brady after the Super Bowl
    Thomas Lake on the high school basketball player who died on the court
    Benjamin Polk on Ricky Rubio's appeal
    Michael Sokolove on Oscar Pistorius
    Spencer Hall on dogs
    Drew Magary on John Elway's brass balls
  8. LarryCathey

    LarryCathey Member

    Discussed at great length on this site, I do believe, but Chris Jones' 17-million word piece on the Great Exotic Animal Escape kept me hooked.

  9. MeanGreenATO

    MeanGreenATO Active Member

    I really enjoyed the Charlie Sheen piece in Rolling Stone. But yes, the Wetzel piece was one of the best I've read all year
  10. pseudo

    pseudo Well-Known Member

    Tim Graham tracked down the soldiers in this famous photo from the Gulf War:

    Part 1: http://www.buffalonews.com/spotlight/article917664.ece
    2: http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article919344.ece
    3: http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article921150.ece
    4: http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article922677.ece

    (Yes, a shameless plug for a friend, but I also think it's good and important work.)
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  11. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Ballard has had three I've really enjoyed:

    High school wrestling coach Mike Powell: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1194725/index.htm

    Kobe, Jellybean and mom: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/magazine/05/10/kobe.bryant.ballard/index.html

    Tim Duncan: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1198491/index.htm

    Bowden on a resolution to a 23-year-old cold case in LA. Loved the interrogation scenes.

    Jones on Junior Seau
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Good call... Loved that article...
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