For 2015’s look back at Jezebel’s “best” posts of the year, I elicited nominations from our staff, but instead of having individuals explain why their own posts were good, I wrote the blurbs about them. Tricky, hmm? Yes, agreed.
Kelly Faircloth nominated this piece, likely because she is obsessed with romance novels and spent a fuck-ton of time on it. Read it or else.
When Ellie Shechet started working on this story, she probably imagined a time when she’d shop at American Apparel again. As this year comes to a close, I can safely say she likely never wants to hear any word that starts with the first letter of the alphabet again.
Madeleine Davies tapped into the best-worst thing about Jonathan Franzen in a way no one had before. A bonus: she managed to inspire some bad thinkpieces (one of which started as a comment on this very website!) in the process.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper brought us this endlessly entertaining story complete with the best form of communication known to mankind: a Powerpoint.
During a year when Planned Parenthood just couldn’t catch a break, Hillary Crosley Coker reminded us why they should.
Kara Brown actually shouldn’t have been allowed to do this without me, but somehow she did, and I guess it’s fine if you guys read about it.
2015 could have become the year I decided I no longer wanted to read about other people’s nether regions. Luckily, Jane Marie smacked that notion right out of my head.
We send out endless love to Mark Shrayber, not just because of his nuptials to his ever-patient husband Allen, but for his decision to document the experience in such a thorough and thoughtful way.
Clover Hope is the best person writing about music today. The best person writing about most things, actually.
Jia Tolentino did what she does best and went back to her sorority girl days, following up on what (for all the wrong reasons) turned out to be one of 2014’s biggest stories.
Rachel Vorona Cote turned her Fake Friends eye to our idols, Daria and Jane.
“Is there ever a point in which a person can redeem himself?” Julianne Escobedo Shepherd asked, carefully reporting out a story about one of music’s most complex characters.
Jessica Coen knows more about air travel than any person I have ever met. It may be her greatest legacy.
For the premiere of the first (but hopefully not last!) Fifty Shades of Grey movie, Erin Gloria Ryan stepped into the unknown, reading all the books for the first time. She made it out mostly unscathed.
I started working on this piece in some capacity in 2013, only to drop it for a variety of reasons, mostly assuming it would never see the light of day. I include it here as a message to a special someone: Actually mom, sometimes it is good to keep everything.
Lastly, but never leastly, look at what a big year it was for Emma Carmichael!
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