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Every time a Reader finishes an article, it gets boosted in the universal algorithm. On a daily basis, articles compete for the coveted AOTD (Article of the Day) trophy and once a year we announce the ultimate winners, the Articles of the Year.
As we did last year, we broke the list into three sections (based on length, shown as estimated reading time) and cut it off after the top 5 in each category. Without further ado, the winners:
Short (15 mins or less)
Sabrina Orah Mark in The Paris Review
What does it mean to be worth something? Or worth enough? Or worthless? What does it mean to earn a living?
Rutger Bregman in The Guardian
When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently to William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman
Zachary Crockett in The Hustle
How one small business owner flipped the online review ecosystem on its head.
As we go through life, we encounter situations from time to time where we need to make a decision about something complex. Planning a product development roadmap? Navigating a tricky interpersonal …
Carl Goldman in The Washington Post
When I left home for a cruise in January, I never imagined that I’d catch a novel virus and be confined for more than 24 days.
Medium (15-30 mins)
Sirin Kale in WIRED
In Bali, western immigrants are selling products they’ve never handled, from countries they’ve never visited, to consumers they’ve never met
The benefits of reading are negated if you don’t remember what you read. This article discusses a tested system to increase retention.
A.J. Jacobs in Esquire
This story is about something called Radical Honesty. It may change your life. (But honestly, we don’t really care.)
Joel Johnson on Gizmodo
Bill Zeller was a talented programmer whose work we’ve featured on Lifehacker. He took his own life on Sunday and left an explanation that I think it’s important you read.
Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times
Why does Canada allow this company to profit off videos of exploitation and assault?
Long (30 mins or more)
Gabrielle Hamilton in The New York Times
Forced to shutter Prune, I’ve been revisiting my original dreams for it — and wondering if there will still be a place for it in the New York of the future.
Ed Yong in The Atlantic
The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out.
Michael Hobbes in The Huffington Post
For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. It’s time for a new paradigm.
Nicholas Thompson in WIRED
After 20 years of long-distance competition, I ran my fastest. All it took was tech, training, and a new understanding of my life.
Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker
Malcolm Gladwell on the Spanish-flu epidemic of 1918, which reached virtually every country, as the First World War came to an end, killing between twenty and forty million people.
Congratulations to all the winners! And double congratulations to WIRED and The New York Times for winning twice in one year.