10 from 2010: Our favorite Salon stories

One final look back at our own work, and what we liked best

Published December 31, 2010 7:01PM (EST)

Don't worry — the tsunami of Best Of lists is almost over. I think we're all looking forward to the fresh mystery of the new year. And right now, our necks ache from looking back so much; we're particularly sick of the forced remembering of Christine O'Donnell and the Trololo guy. To the annals of footnoted history, we banish ye!

But we did want to highlight the pieces in Salon that — through an unscientific staff poll — we decided we liked the best this year. None of these should be a huge surprise to Salon readers; they were all big hits with you, too. From Glenn Greenwald's incisive exploration of WikiLeaks, to Mary Elizabeth Williams' gripping accounts of her cancer diagnosis and treatment, our favorite stories this year run a familiar Salon gamut of world-changing importance to the expressly, meaningfully personal.

And with no more fanfare than that, in chronological order, our 10 staff favorites:

  1. Hipsters on Food Stamps

    They're young, they're broke, and they pay for organic salmon with government subsidies. Got a problem with that?

    By Jennifer Bleyer

  2. The Tina Fey Backlash

    The "30 Rock" star's pathetic single girl shtick is getting criticism from an unlikely source: Women who love her

    By Rebecca Traister

  3. The Civil Rights Heroism of Charles Sherrod

    Andrew Breitbart sure picked the wrong people to symbolize black "racism." Taylor Branch and Clay Carson weigh in

    By Joan Walsh

  4. The Strange and Consequential Case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks

    By Glenn Greenwald

  5. My Cancer Diagnosis

    Until last week, it was the best summer of my life. Then my doctor gave me the news I dreaded

    By Mary Elizabeth Williams

  6. How the "Ground Zero Mosque" Fear Mongering Began

    A viciously anti-Muslim blogger, the New York Post and the right-wing media machine: How it all went down

    By Justin Elliott

  7. My Relentless Pursuit of the Guy Who Robbed Me

    A thief broke into my car. I used Craigslist, a dating site, MySpace and a fast food joint to track him down

    By Amanda Enayati

  8. "Sopranos" Family Tree: Edith Bunker to Don Draper

    We chart the ancestors of the groundbreaking show — and how it continues to shape American TV

    By Matt Zoller Seitz

  9. Better Yet, DON'T Write That Novel

    Why National Novel Writing Month is a waste of time and energy

    By Laura Miller

  10. The War Room Hack Thirty

    By Alex Pareene

And 10 more honorable mentions: David Rakoff's wonderfully moving "Made" essay on his distinct craft; Andrew O'Hehir's vivid takedowns of "Secretariat" and "Sex and the City 2"; mighty intern Emma Mustich's gotcha on Sarah Palin's desecration of the flag; our inside scoop on the biggest Oscar story of the year; Tracy Clark-Flory's wonderful, moving piece about her mother and Christmas; Glenn Greenwald's searing look at how Americans have been trained to think about Afghanistan; Francis Lam's first time killing a chicken and his illuminating history lesson on General Tso's chicken; and on Open Salon, Nelle Engoron's intensely thought-out coverage of "Mad Men."

Now, on to 2011!

By Kerry Lauerman

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