My Favorites of 2018

Allan Chochinov
2 min readDec 19, 2018

For the last, few, years, I’ve published a short list of my favorite short/medium/and long reads of the year, but other media has snuck in. So this year I’m renaming it “favorites” and am including links, books, podcasts, videos, etc. Still just 10 items long, plus a couple bonus tracks as usual.

Wishing everyone a great 2019 ahead!

1. The End of the World Podcast

Don’t even read past this entry. Subscribe. Listen. Then drink.
October, November, December, 2018

2. Where Are All the Aliens?

And on that same note…
Steven Webb, TED, 2018

3. Lari Basilio, Guitar Player

Beautiful arpeggio at the half-way mark. Plus, I want that guitar.

4. The Magic Leap Con

Yikes. I was rooting for them.
Brian Merchant, October 2018

5. Women On Tumblr Point Out The Most Common Mistakes In Female Characters Created By Male Writers

No comment here.
Giedrė, Bored Panda

6. The Library Book

There is no more perfect information density match for me than Susan Orlean. This thing is a gift to the world.
Susan Orlean, 2018

7. A Crash Course in Organic Chemistry

Jakob Magolan, TEDxUIdaho

8. Pace Layering: How Complex Systems Learn and Keep Learning

Stewart Brand, February, 2018

9. The Underground Railroad

Another best-seller. “Sometimes such an experience bound one person to another; just as often the shame of one’s powerlessness made all witnesses into enemies.”

10. 135 Infuriating Pictures That Asshole Companies Don’t Want You To See

Inga Ko, Bored Panda (again)

and the two bonus tracks promised…


One more shot: Might you send this article to anyone you know who can’t stand the thought of one more agenda-less meeting?

David Grimes, Calligrapher

This is as good as it gets, folks. Sensei.