It is a truth universally acknowledged that 2016 was a monumental shit-show of a year, not only for itself — which would be enough! — but also because it’s now clear that it’s merely the beginning of a shit-show epoch, the depths of which have yet to be plumbed, and the best of which one can say is that hopefully incompetence will save us from true horror. But hey! At least I got some good Whatever entries out of it, right? So, uh, yeah, that’s something. Below you’ll find the 20 pieces that I think best represent the year here at Whatever, presented in alphabetical rather than chronological order.
It’s a politics-heavy wrap-up, which is not surprising in an election year, and in this election year in particular; it could have been even more election-heavy but I didn’t want to depress everyone more than they already are. There are other things thrown in there as well for balance, including some happy stuff (really!). No matter how you slice it, however, 2016 was a dark mess, and many of the best Whatever entries this year reflect that.
- The Battle of the Scamperbeasts: An Epic Poem, Translated From the Cat Tongue
- The Cinemax Theory of Racism
- The Greatest of All Time
- Hey, Looks Like It’s Time Once Again For Me to Talk About Writing On Politics
- Imposter Syndrome, or Not
- In Which I Turn Out To Be a Surprisingly Poor Agent of White Genocide
- My Endorsement for President, 2016: Hillary Clinton
- My Review of Batman v Superman, and Its Reviews
- Pizza and Particles: An Observation on Writing
- Police and Me and Philando Castile
- Thoughts and Prayers
- Trump, the GOP, and the Fall
- Trump, His Jokes, and You
- The University of Chicago, Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces
- What I Want Out of Twitter
- Who We Are Online, Who We Are Offline, How They’re Different and How They’re the Same
- Why I Don’t Drink or Use Drugs
- Will Humans Survive?
Despite the overall downer nature of this list, remember there are and continue to be good things in the world, and that you may still find them, and find them in yourself. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve or first night of Hanukkah, or just plain Saturday, whichever the case may be.