Holiday reading

If you get a little time to yourself, N.Y. Times columnist David Brooks distills some of the year's best long-form essays in Part 1 of his annual Sidney Awards:
"In a post called 'How This All Happened' for the Collaborative Fund blog, Morgan Housel walks us through 73 years of American economic history."
  • Housel: "If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you. The amount of growth that took place during that period is virtually unprecedented. If you learned that there have been no nuclear attacks since 1945, you’d be shocked. If you saw the level of wealth in New York and San Francisco, you’d be shocked. If you compared it to the poverty of Detroit, you’d be shocked. If you saw the price of homes, college tuition, and health care, you’d be shocked. Our politics would blow your mind. And if you tried to think of a reasonable narrative of how it all happened, my guess is you’d be totally wrong."
  • Brooks says Andrew Sullivan's work for New York magazine this year "really defined the era":
    • "His two masterpieces are 'The Poison We Pick,' on the opioid crisis, and 'America’s New Religions,' on political fundamentalism."
    • "If you want to understand America in 2018, those essays are a good place to start."