Things I Loved and Will Probably Continue to Rave About for a Long Time: 2017 Edition

A very brief post-mortem of the things I had no regrets spending my time on. As always, in no particular order.


  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  • The Best We Could Do, Thi Bui
  • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, Samantha Irby
  • Difficult Women, Roxanne Gay
  • Dinner: Changing the Game, Melissa Clark

Short Stories

  • “Division by Zero,” Ted Chiang
  • “Sour Heart,” Jenny Zhang
  • Cat Person,” Kristen Rouopenian


  • The Florida Project
  • Lady Bird
  • I, Tonya
  • Baby Driver
  • Get Out
  • Mother!
  • Call Me by Your Name

Honorable mentions: Killing of a Sacred DeerCocoDunkirk


  • The Leftovers
  • Insecure
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Big Little Lies
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Honorable mentions: Stranger ThingsMaster of None, The Good Place, The Crown, BoJack Horseman


  • My Favorite Murder
  • More Perfect
  • Heavyweight
  • S-Town

Honorable mentions: The Heart, Invisiblia, Reply All, Revisionist History, Ear Hustle, Lore

Individual Episodes: “Null and Void” (Radiolab), “Budget Time” (Planet Money), “Charles Manson’s Hollywood” (You Must Remember This), “A Brief Eulogy for a Commercial Radio Station” (The Memory Palace), “The Containment Plan” and “This Is Chance” (99% Invisible), “Act V” (This American Life)

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