Good morning and happy holidays!
I am coming to you direct from sunny Florida, where the coffee is strong, jazz standards are pumping through the speakers and the decibel level from all of the chatter is high. It’s the holidays, and we’re all in.
We have a lot to be grateful for this holiday season, not least of which is the ultimate luxury of being home for the holidays, something that we haven’t fully achieved in many, many years. The days sprawl out in front of us, with no frantic trips to the airport planned for a couple weeks. When the biggest decision to make in a day is if we should leave the house at all, well, welcome to heaven.
When I need a break from all of the chips and dip, and fighting over the best chair in the house, I like to retreat to the guest room where I power up the ole’ computer for some digital distraction. Today I have a nice list of epic investigative journalism pieces and ‘best of 2016’ lists, my two go-to genres these days.
Warm wishes to you and yours this holiday season. I hope you find peace and rest, and have plenty of time in a cuddle puddle, just like me.
Last Minute Holidays:
- Last minute gifts that don’t suck
- Creative tree toppers
- Why not plan yourself a little European escape when the family is asleep tonight?
- Life-improving gifts
- Surviving a house full of people
- Last minute holiday decorations when you’re broke
Best of 2016:
- A round-up of all of the best book lists
- Most popular TED talks
- Images from the year, courtesy of National Geographic
- Top news photos
- Most popular New York Times recipes
- Best ‘longform’ journalism
- Top 50 albums
- 25 best inventions
- Podcast episodes of the year
- Our best meals of the year
- Our most unforgettable destinations of the year
Epic journalism (aka, what I read at 5am when sleep eludes me, which looking at this list, makes perfect sense):
- My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard (Mother Jones)
- DeeDee Wanted Her Daughter to be Sick (Buzzfeed)
- OxyContin Goes Global (LA Times)
- The Godfather Wars (Vanity Fair)
- An Enemy of the Kremlin Dies in London (The Atlantic)
- Life in Obamacare’s Dead Zone (New York Times)
- How to Hide $400 Million (New York Times)
If you need something a little lighter during your early morning hours, here is our take on the best small town you’ve never heard of, why we can’t believe we’ve not visited Nashville earlier, and five Italian towns that are far underrated.