David Brooks: It Was a Great Year for Long Essays

From a column by David Brooks in the New York Times headlined “The Sidney Awards”:

’Tis the season to detach yourself from the news cycle and look for the bigger trends and the deeper human stories. And so every year the Sidney Awards, which I created in honor of the late, great philosopher Sidney Hook, are here to help you take that step back. The Sidneys not only celebrate a sample of each year’s beautifully written long-form journalism, they publicize essays that illuminate some broad issue or say something profound about the human condition. This year we focus on essays from smaller publications.