The A.V. Club’s favorite books of 2017

Something about this year made reading books feel not just crucial, but a little bit transgressive. Maybe it’s the assault on education and freedom of the press, or maybe it’s just that between reading new reports of abusive men and Trump’s latest attempt to chokehold the nation, simply reading for pleasure feels…

John Hodgman on the craggy coasts of Maine and our inevitable march toward death

John Hodgman has lived a few places in his life. First, in Massachusetts, where he spent much of his young life. Then, New York—namely Brooklyn, where he grew into adulthood. Now, by virtue of a persuasive wife and the subtle appeal that an unyieldingly rocky coastline provides, he’s somewhere in Maine. All of those…