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From our new sex advice column to Scott Wagner's golf spikes, these are CP's favorites stories of 2018

Self-curated end-of-year lists can be masturbatory and pointless, but so is life, so here's ours

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You made it! Here are four of CP's favorite national stories from 2018.

"Millennials Didn’t Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials" by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
Millennials like me take a metaphorical beating at the hands of baby boomers, the national media, and even from ourselves. Lately, we have been blamed for “killing” chain restaurants and other industries, since our consumer choices differ from our parents. And while people might find it humorous blaming millennials, it’s not as if we had a choice. As Atlantic Staff Writer Derek Thompson points out, a federal reserve study shows that millennials just don’t have the same buying power as previous generations. We are poorer, more overworked and at the same time just turned off by shitty things like Applebee’s. Just as it wasn’t our fault we got participation trophies (I was 8 years old), it wasn’t our fault the economy is different than it used to be. (Recommended by Ryan Deto)

"How The English Patient Almost Ruined My Life" by Sarah Miller, Popula
I saw this story floating around and was initially uninterested because I’ve never seen The English Patient. But the story is actually about reviewing movies at an alt-weekly and feeling write about everything. Not relatable at all to me personally. It’s tough to describe, which is why it’s worth a read. (Recommended by Hannah Lynn)

"Beats Generation" by Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker
This article chronicles influential Nigerian pop musicians. It’s designed like a flip book, scrolling past artists and digitally flickering through a series of portraits. Every flip book is paired with snippets of music and a short profile, taking readers through the wide range of Nigerian pop styles. The piece showcases up-and-comers in the music scene, artists that are slowly making a splash from across the world. Spectacular design pairs with funky, unique singers, turning reading into pure fun. (Recommended by Maggie Weaver)

"The sound of gravel, the feeling of drowning, the chilling effects of racist acts" by Brian Broome, PublicSource
One of my favorite national stories of 2018 was written right here in Pittsburgh by the great Brian Broome for PublicSource. I've followed Brian's writing for years on Facebook, where his status updates serve as amazing little short stories; often deep, almost always hilarious. For his piece for PublicSource, Brian took a serious turn, speaking candidly about what it feels like to be a Black man in Pittsburgh, a place where he thought he would find refuge from racist small town America, but came up short. It's eye opening and alarming, and Brian's voice is very much needed. He tells me he's working on a book, and you better believe I'll be one of the first in line to get a copy when it's finished. (Recommended by Lisa Cunningham)

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