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Required Reading: Year-end Edition

From a sharp essay on twerking politics to a masterful feature on the life of a homeless girl, here are the stories that won me over this year.


Image credit: The Illustrated Junot Diaz


Like daily caffeine hits and nineties hip-hop, there’s something dangerously addictive about Junot Diaz’s voice. Here the author of This Is How You Lose Her shares his writing process with the Daily Beast.

When Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the beauty and bloodiness of love, it’s like a sucker punch to the heart.

This incisive piece on the politics of twerking was one of the best things to come out of Mileygate.

Throw away your dating manual and read Ann Friedman’s guide to courting friends instead.

For Rachel Hills, coming to terms with being married means accepting the impossibility of being in all places at the same time.

Patti Smith’s tribute to Lou Reed is pure poetry.

Posted by Neha Kale on December 29th, 2013