As you may have heard last week, The Wire, where I have been working for the last 11 months, is being shut down. I will be staying on with the company, though, and moving on over to TheAtlantic.com. But I’m still pretty wistful for the site where I hung my hat and did my work and managed some fantastic writers.
I’m a sucker for posterity too, so I wanted to just put up some links to my favorite work that I did on The Wire.
One of the best things about working at The Wire (and being my own entertainment editor) was that I was able to indulge in any number of personal hobby-horses, almost all of which found the niche audiences to whom they were intended.
- A Definitive Ranking of Every Character on The West Wing, which made so many Josh/Donna shippers SO mad.
- A Definitive Ranking of Every Real Housewife Ever, which got so many people to threaten to cancel their subscription to The Atlantic.
- A Definitive Ranking of Every Season of Survivor, which I did on a whim after someone on Twitter basically dared me.
- A Definitive Ranking of Every Season of Big Brother, from Worst to Least Worst, which got me an appreciative email from Dr. Will Kirby.
- The All-Time Best So You Think You Can Dance Routines in Every Style, Part 1 and Part 2, which may well be my favorite thing that I ever did.
Lest you think all I ever wrote were lists, I managed to get prettttty thinky. In my own way.
- 20 Years After The Piano, We’ve All Failed Holly Hunter, making my case for actresses of a certain age, obvs.
- Leonardo DiCaprio Says Wolf Critics Don’t Get It; Do Supporters?, where I waded into the choppy waters of the “Is The Wolf of Wall Street endorsing its characters?” debate.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race Is America’s Best Reality Show with the Worst Finale, because somebody had to.
- True Blood Can’t Even Pander to Its Audience Correctly with Gay Dream Hookup, because oh my God did that make me angry.
Sometimes I took my blogger’s privilege to just be a dick if the spirit moved me.
- Evangeline Lilly Enters the Best Actress Race, because the Broadcast Film Critics Awards are ridiculous.
- On the Utter Pointlessness and Anti-Critical Stance of the Critics Choice TV Awards, because the Critics Choice TV awards manage to be even more ridiculous.
- Stop Trying to Give Animals People Awards, because seriously.
- A Definitive Ranking of the Worst Child Characters on TV, which I have linked to a BILLION times because people need to remember.
- All 24 New TV Series for Fall 2014, in Order of How Fast They’ll Be Cancelled, which gets a flare of Reddit traffic every few days STILL.
- An Open Letter to Jena Malone, wherein I took the opportunity to apologize for not giving an actress her due.
I have never and perhaps will never consider myself the greatest at movie reviews, mostly because I read too many great ones by other people. But my time at The Wire made me so much better at them than I used to be. I felt particularly daunted by American Hustle, but pretty proud of how that review turned out. And by the time I went up to the Toronto Film Festival, I ended up so much happier with the quality of my work.
Just a few others, which I guess fall under the category of Times I Indulged Myself Because I Could:
- Ronna & Beverly: What We Read, wherein I twisted and bent the site’s Media Diet format so that I could interview one of my favorite podcast tandems in character.
- Oscar Chat: Calling All Contenders for Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, my favorite of the posts I got to write with my great pal Richard Lawson before Graydon Carter stole him away in the dead of night.
- End of an Internet Era: Television Without Pity Gets Shuttered, wherein I eulogized a web site that meant the world to me.
- Everything Else Lucy’s Limitless Brain Power Lets Her Do: A Wire Exclusive, which really feels like the Fametracker post I never got to write.
- Every Clunky Beat in the Toronto Film Festival-Opening The Judge Trailer, another post that feels pleasantly Fametrackery in its conception.
I guess this is what a year’s worth of work looks like. And now it’s time to start another one.