Our Culture Writers Pick The Best Essays Of 2016

This year might have been our craziest yet. Thankfully, writing helped us make sense of it.

1. Bim Adewunmi

2. Hannah Giorgis

3. Scaachi Koul

4. Tomi Obaro

These are the five pieces that I can’t stop thinking about, months after I first read them. —Tomi

Why Pop Culture Just Can’t Deal With Black Male Sexuality —Wesley Morris, New York Times Magazine

Ready for Prime Time —Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker

Whatever Happened To the Most Liberated Woman in America? —Alex Mar, Atlas Obscura

The Weight of James Arthur Baldwin —Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, BuzzFeed

The Confessions of R. Kelly —Chris Heath, GQ

5. Anne Helen Petersen

6. Doree Shafrir