Greg Gerding

2019 Year in Review: Top 10 Articles from The Big Smoke America

Another year in the books. The Big Smoke America is now four years old and has published over 1,700 articles and essays. Here are the Top 10 from 2019.

 

The Big Smoke America launched on November 9th, 2015. Since then, we have published over 1,700 articles and essays tackling a range of topics and contributing to a number of debates and discussions.

We reviewed the traffic through both our website and social media and found our most popular articles. The issues discussed heavily in 2019 included mental health, division, politics, inequality, hope, social change and activism, to name a few. You also like to laugh and be entertained, appreciating articles that had humor and human interest.

Here are the Top 10 most widely read and shared articles in 2019 listed from # 1 – 10.

 

1. Josh Hamilton

Falling Apart Together

Falling Apart Together

 

2. Amoja Sumler

Why the Democrats Will Lose in 2020

Why the Democrats Will Lose in 2020

 

3. Patrick A. Howell

Platinum Golden: A Healing Memoir by Tori Reid Inks Flow and Soul

Platinum Golden: A Healing Memoir by Tori Reid Inks Flow and Soul

Also widely read by Patrick A. Howell in 2019: MCU Cuts Back to Its Origins With a Blade Reboot

 

4. Jackie Shannon Hollis

In the Divide

In the Divide

 

5. Jesse Valencia

The Dandy Warhols’ Zia McCabe on Living the High Life

The Dandy Warhols’ Zia McCabe on Living the High Life

Also widely read by Jesse Valencia in 2019: Meditate and Create! Transcendental Meditation at the David Lynch Film School

 

6. Kumud M. Srinivasan

Technology: Friend or Fiend?

Technology: Friend or Fiend?

 

7. Jason Arment

Black Pilled: Eco-Fascist Accelerationism

Black Pilled: Eco-Fascist Accelerationism

Also widely read by Jason Arment in 2019: Film Reviews: Knife+Heart versus Equation to An Unknown

 

8. Patrick A. Howell & Sara Kellel

The Blavity Blacks (Kamala Harris) v. “Killer Mike” (Bernie Sanders) Suffragists

The Blavity Blacks (Kamala Harris) v. “Killer Mike” (Bernie Sanders) Suffragists

 

9. Florencia Orlandoni

21 Savage Arrest—Three Facts About Undocumented Youth You Need to Know

21 Savage Arrest—Three Facts About Undocumented Youth You Need to Know

 

10. Chris Dupuy

If This Were a Fight, Someone Would Stop It

If This Were a Fight, Someone Would Stop It

Also widely read by Chris Dupuy in 2019: Out of the Mouths of Babes (and Reprobates)

 

The following 2019 essays and articles ranked # 11 – 18:

11. Joseph Edwin Haeger – Interview with Gabino Iglesias about Coyote Songs

12. Veronica Pamoukaghlian – Women in Fiction; the Houellebecq Syndrome: Political Incorrectness vs. Banality

13. Stan Gerding – Dear Grandson: On Continuing Education and Retirement

14. S.M. Park – Risen Apes: Roar of the Crowd

15. Sara Kellel – Syria in Art & Turbulence

16. John Michael – Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XXI

17. Sean Davis – Veterans Day: Thank Me for My Service? Let Me Continue to Serve Instead

18. Luke Douglas – Self-Selected to Join the Resistance

 

I also want to acknowledge our partners in Australia who contributed writing to The Big Smoke America throughout the year. Here are the Top 10 most read and shared articles that were republished from articles that first appeared in The Big Smoke Australia.  

1. Claire Harris – I Was Strip-Searched at an Airport

2. Loretta Barnard – Anne of Cleves: The Luckiest of All Henry VIII’s Wives

3. Polly Chester – Losing My Cotton Candy: A Grown-Ups Guide to Grieving a Relationship

4. Deb Knobelman, PhD – No One Is Actually Thinking About You

5. Ingeborg van Teeseling – Men Are Having Less Sex … This Is Why

6. Caitlin Johnstone – The U.S. Army Asked Twitter How Service Has Impacted People. The Answers Were Gut-Wrenching.

7. Bailey Mason – TBS Next Gen: Dolphin Show Protest Sparks Debate on Performing Animals

8. Charlie Ambler – Undoing the Concept of Living on “Borrowed” Time

9. Jay Scott Smith – Requiem of a Black Hulkamaniac

10. The Nerd Reserve – The Release of Marvel’s Avengers Game May Have Dropped a Massive Spoiler

 

Thank you for your loyal readership. We will continue to shake up and transform America for the better. Please stay tuned, new articles and essays published daily.

 

If you are interested in writing for The Big Smoke America, please review our guidelines page.

 

Greg Gerding

Greg Gerding is the Editor-in-Chief of The Big Smoke America. He is also the founder of University of Hell Press, an indie press that publishes irreverent and thought-provoking literature.

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