Top Reads of 2017

Allan Chochinov
2 min readDec 29, 2017


For the last couple of years I’ve published a short list of my favorite short/medium/long reads of the year, so here I’m at it a third time. Just 10 items long (plus a couple bonus tracks), and predictably populated with apprehension, armageddon, and astronomy, but if you need something to chew on, maybe you’ll find a few worthwhile morsels below.

Wishing everyone a great 2018 ahead!

Don’t Buy Anyone an Echo

Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo, December 5, 2017

America is facing an epistemic crisis: What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter?

David Roberts, Vox, November 2, 2017

After Seeing These +15 Maps You’ll Never Look At The World The Same

Iveta, Bored Panda, ????

The First White President

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, September 7, 2017

The Best Way to Eat a Hard Shell Taco

Lifehacker, Aug 29, 2017

Why This Second Grade Handout Should Be Your New Creative Manifesto

Greg Hahn, Adweek, October 23, 2017

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Damian Carrington, The Guardian, October 18, 2017

Passing: The Hidden History of Whiteness, Reflections on Generational Identity

Jennifer Rittner, Medium, August 16, 2017

The Uninhabitable Earth

David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine, July 9, 2–017

The exact moment to end a client meeting, whether your client is Bob Dylan or Citibank

Anne Quito, Quartz, June 27, 2017

and two bonus tracks…

Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

Nathaniel Persily, Long Now: Conversations at The Interval, December 7, 2017

How Does Earth Move Through Space? Now We Know, On Every Scale

Ethan Siegel , Forbes, June 16, 2017