Here are 28 of my favourite stories from the past year. The list is in no particular order, but the online incarnation of Paul Ford's colossal 38,000-word What is Code? deserves a particular shout-out for its ambition, humour and compelling execution. I'm still dying to get my hands on the print version, so if anybody has a spare copy, send it to my luxuriously-appointed ivory tower and I promise I'll post you something nice back.
We're only mid-way through December now, so I'll be updating this post to include any other gems that crop up over the next month.
What is Code? by Paul Ford, for Bloomberg Businessweek.
The Lonely Death of George Bell by N.R. Kleinfeld for The New York Times.
No girl wins: three ways women unlearn their love of video games by Juliet Kahn, for Boing Boing.
Unfollow by Adrian Chen, for The New Yorker.
The Wet Stuff by Bryan Curtis, for Grantland.
Thresholds of Violence by Malcolm Gladwell, for The New Yorker.
The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit, for Harpers.
Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies by Jordan Kisner, for The Guardian.
Kim Gordon on the Pain and Anger of Performing With Her Ex by Kim Gordon, for New York magazine.
The Man Who Was Caged in a Zoo by Pamela Newkirk, for The Guardian.
King David by Ta-Nehisi Coates, for The Atlantic.
38 Hot Sex Moves That Will Make You a Better Feminist by Noreen Malone, for New York magazine.
I Took a Lot of Drugs at a Psychedelic Boot Camp by Conor Creighton, for Vice.
She Swoons to Conquer by Batya Ungar-Sargon, for Aeon.
Where The Bodies Are Buried by Patrick Radden Keefe, for The New Yorker.
The Agency by Adrian Chen for The New York Times Magazine.
The City That Privatised Itself to Death by Ian Martin, for The Guardian.
Even If You Beat Me by Sally Rooney, for The Dublin Review.
The Doomsday Scam by C.J. Chivers, for The New York Times Magazine.
Sexts, Hugs, and Rock’N’Roll by Ellen Cushing, for Buzzfeed.
How Things Break by Dave Mondy, for Slate.
The Really Big One by Kathryn Schulz, for The New Yorker.
A League of His Own by Tariq Panja, Andrew Martin and Vernon Silver, for Bloomberg Businessweek
Searching For Sugar Daddy by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, for GQ.
What ISIS Really Wants by Graeme Wood, for The Atlantic.
Last Breaths in a Spanish Bullring by Brin-Jonathan Butler, for SB Nation.
There Once Was a Girl by Katy Waldman, for Slate.
Learning To Speak Lingerie by Peter Hessler, for The New Yorker.