Now it’s my turn.
Here are the 12 stories I wrote this year that I’m most proud of. I wanted to have them all in one place, and this is that place.
Is it self-indulgent to round up the best stories that I wrote this year, as decided by me, for a blog post, published also by me? Maybe. Perhaps history will judge me harshly for this. I will take that risk.
p.s. I also included all the concert reviews I wrote this year too. Why not?
The 12 best things I wrote this year
Tammy Wynette sings with George Jones
AP Photo/The Tennessean
George Jones, my dad, and me
Kanye and Taylor: They may not play well together, but they both love their mamas.
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Here are the 21st century’s two best songs about moms
17 things I’ve had to explain to my therapist
Bella Thorne & Mod Sun
Eric McCandless/Jeff Wheeler
Who is Mod Sun and why was Bella Thorne on stage with him (and who is Bella Thorne)?
AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine
Why do we still drool over our favorite artists’ unreleased music?
Stephen Malkmus and Parquet Courts explore indie rock freedom in an age of decreased opportunity
Taylor Swift, a person I did not meet this weekend.
How I didn’t meet Taylor Swift or get killed by fireworks last Friday night
One of these people appears considerably less ethereal-minded than the rest.
Publicity photo/Associated Press
How was the 2016 Sigur Ros show at the Orpheum, acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker?
One of these people is a revolutionary world leader. The other is Mao Zedong.
The revolution has no need for teenpop, or the strange case of the Maoist music critics
The touring cast of 'Hamilton'
My tween niece and nephew rank all the songs from 'Hamilton'
She's not the real Santa.
You know what’s more annoying than hearing Christmas music in November?
Gully Boys: The Picked to Click interview
Lana Del Rey at Minneapolis' Target Center in January
Lana Del Rey @ Target Center
Princess Nokia @ Cabooze
Demi Lovato @ Target Center
P!nk @ Xcel Energy Center
Lorde @ Xcel Energy Center
Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Midland @ Target Center
Camila Cabello @ State Theatre
Waxahatchee, Hurray for the Riff Raff @ First Avenue
Shania Twain @ Xcel Energy Center
Soundset 2018 @ Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Liz Phair @ Turf Club
Janelle Monae @ State Theatre
Rock the Garden @ Walker Art Center
Beyonce and Jay-Z @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Taylor Swift @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Travis Scott @ Target Center