Just a few things/trends I'm pleased by looking back at 2015:
How about the fact that my pals, peers and members of the national N@B community are getting a non-English reading audience? Jon Bassoff, Jake Hinkson, Tim Lane, David James Keaton, Clayton Lindemuth, Matthew McBride, J. David Osborne, Todd Robinson, Steve Weddle, Benjamin Whitmer... Do I wish I were invited to the party? Yeah, I do, but man, I love all these guys and I'm damned happy for them...
How about the re-invigoration of certain platforms for crime-focused shit? Podcasts like...
Criminal - where host Phoebe Judge brings brief episodes of remarkable breadth under the heading of (true) crime. and other serial crimes.
You Must Remember This's 12-part Charles Manson's Hollywood series? Holy shit. Host Karina Longworth sets the scene from multiple POVs, bringing a wealth of context to the bizarre crimes. It was amazing.
Serial for me to ignore. Serial keeps getting referenced when people talk about the Netflix long-form true crime doc Making a Murderer - which is a terrifying portrait of railroading by the justice system... Whether or not Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are guilty of the crime they're convicted of is a good question - but it seems pretty clear that neither was proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and that the police planted evidence crucial to the prosecution's case. Oof. And HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is another compelling long-form true-crime doc with bizarre twists. Great uses of internet platforms everybody.
I kid, I kid. I think it's an amazing time to work in narrative arts with the explosion platforms afforded by the higher quality and lower price of technology and you kids are going to be putting us all to shame soon. Happy new year, everybody.