Best Dozen Articles I've Read in 2023

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(See also Best Articles 2021 and Candidates for Best Dozen Articles I've Read in 2022 and Best Things of 2022 and Best Things of 2023)

  • 2 "Remembering Edward Shils," Commentary, Joseph Epstein. Absolutely first rate. It conveys the feel of intellectual friendship at the University of Chicago 1970-90.
  • 4 "Grim Tales," Kari Gold, First Things (2000). The modern child's loss of fairy tales, and what replaces them.
  • 5 "My Left Kidney," Astral Codex Ten (2023). On donating a kidney to a stranger. Should we all do it? A very challenging article that reveals my selfishness.

  • 11 "Scott and Scurvy," blog (3.06.2010). "But here was a Royal Navy surgeon in 1911 apparently ignorant of what caused the disease, or how to cure it. Somehow a highly-trained group of scientists at the start of the 20th century knew less about scurvy than the average sea captain in Napoleonic times. Scott left a base abundantly stocked with fresh meat, fruits, apples, and lime juice, and headed out on the ice for five months with no protection against scurvy, all the while confident he was not at risk. What happened?"


  • "How George Floyd Actually Died," The American Spectator (2023). This article say fentanyl had nothing to do with it, and suggests heart failure due to adrenal problems.
  • "Thinner on Paper," Peter Hitchens on being fat and on the old newspaper business in London (2022).