Your Favourite Things
Tiffany Tsao • 10 December 2021
If you’re reading this, you’ve miraculously managed to crawl to the almost-end of 2021. Perhaps you’re unspeakably happy. Or maybe you’re too traumatised by the year’s events to know how you feel. Possibly, you’d prefer to turn back time and relive it all sans fear and lockdowns and deaths. Whatever your emotions and thoughts...here we are.
What more apt way to recognise the diversity of 2021’s lived experiences than to see what different people read and listened to and found most striking? This year-end issue of The Circular consists entirely of recommendations sent in by readers in response to the question, 'What was your favourite online non-fiction read of 2021 and why?'
There are some common themes in the recommended pieces presented here: the struggles of lockdown life; the failure of larger structures to protect the interests of the vulnerable and the general public; but also, the surprising discoveries that bring us joy – in translation, in poetry, in photography.
Much gratitude to everyone who wrote to us with suggestions. And a warm thank you to all our readers for making our debut year such a special one. We’ll be back in late January!