Cultural Moments that Moved Me in 2015

Last night, I was trying to jot down my own list of the best things in culture this year, but I found such attempt futile, as it’s mostly marred by other (more knowledgable) people’s opinions that I have read. Not to mention, distilling from hundreds of things you’ve consumed this year is an impossible task — it’s like being asked to pick your favorite child.

So instead, I opt for a more personal approach: Cultural moments that made an indelible mark in how I perceive 2015. (If that sounds obnoxious, feel free to stop reading.)

Interestingly, they all share a common denominator: great writing — not only in terms of production, but also lodged at the heart of each.

In Mad Men finale, Don Draper’s smile had a mischievous wink to it. Everything is copy, after all.

The chapters on Jude and Willem’s relationship in Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life threw my emotion off a cliff — and lifted it again.

The End of the Tour soothed me by showing how even an accomplished writer could be blemished by insecurity.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour concert was a shimmery yet introspective triumph. Amid the pyrotechnics, state-of-the-art set, and her perfectly drawn red lip zoomed in on the Jumbotron, it was her sung word that resonated the most.

As kids these days say, they all gave me FEELS.

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