Another year come and gone, and as exceptional as this year has been, I am still going to give you all a year's best of my stuff. Please forward it to editors and/or eccentric millionaire patrons.
Maybe my favorite piece of the year. Radiohead were the prophets of our age.
This piece on Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World is one I think I will keep coming back to.
I wrote this before his death. RIP to a great one.
This piece got rejected by a fancy publication but I think it's great. I miss travel so much.
My piece on nostalgia in the 70s for Tropics of Meta. I am also very proud of this one.
In the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests I got this letter published on the local news site calling out the resistance to denser and more affordable housing in my community.
My favorite post on teaching in the pandemic.
The wisdom that has allowed me to survive.
Why Kandinsky's Improvisation 30 still moves me.
I should write more about pedagogy, this is a piece I wrote about the need for a broader debate over what goes into our history classes.
Wow, even before this song went viral again later in the year I wrote about it back in January. I also *sob* wrote about the pleasures of bars and jukeboxes. Little did I know...
Some tweets I wrote about my return to the AHA got some attention and new Twitter followers. I ended up enjoying the AHA experience far more with all the pressure off of me.
Since I work on the Upper West Side I have insight into the Bloomberg base. Remember when he ran for president?
Old packs of baseball cards were a needed comfort this year.
Speaking of baseball, here's a poem inspired by the game and the early days of the pandemic.
Another poem, one that I still feel.
Another pandemic moment was digging out my old iPod.
One of my better rants.
I'm still available, Joe.
The first day I ventured back to the beach was an emotional one.
My favorite classic film discovery of the year.
The call is still unheeded.
Perlstein's latest was my favorite read of the year.
As a historian of 19th century Germany I have to prove my relevance, you know.
My post-election analysis.
Well, this is where I get it all out of my system. Let's hope 2021 is better.