Wish to get The Morning by e mail? Right here’s the sign-up.
Good morning. We’re wanting again on the tales that drew probably the most readers this 12 months.
What have been the most-read tales in The New York Instances this 12 months? You might not be stunned to study that two matters — the election and the pandemic — dominate the record, accounting for 90 of the highest 100 entries. Right here’s a collection of these tales, plus another topics that drew huge reader curiosity.
The election: Greater than half of the highest 30 most-read items in The Instances in 2020 have been in regards to the election, with the presidential outcomes web page at No. 1. Just a few spots behind: the ever-popular, if considerably dreaded, election evening needle at No. 4.
The pandemic: The second and third most-read articles have been our coronavirus trackers, one for the U.S. and one for the world. Folks additionally needed to know how the virus obtained out (No. 48) and the place they have been within the line to get a vaccine (No. 53). Additionally of word: this text a couple of man who stockpiled hand sanitizer hoping to promote it for a revenue, which got here in at No. 13.
A Reconstruction: No cameras captured the final minutes of Breonna Taylor’s life. The Instances constructed a 3-D mannequin of the scene, piecing collectively sequences of occasions to point out how poor planning and shoddy police work led to a deadly end result.
From Opinion: Some huge tech corporations are leaving California, fleeing wildfires and better taxes. However Silicon Valley’s obituary has been written prematurely earlier than, Prof. Margaret O’Mara of the College of Washington argues.
Lives Lived: Reginald Foster was a former plumber’s apprentice from Wisconsin who swore like a sailor. That made him an uncommon presence on the Vatican, the place he served because the Catholic Church’s foremost knowledgeable in Latin. He died at 81.
Jon Huber, a professional wrestler often known as Luke Harper and Brodie Lee, had a soft-spoken depth within the ring. He battled different wrestling stars, utilizing “aggressive offense and demented thoughts video games,” World Wrestling Leisure stated. He died at 41.
Subscriber assist helped make Instances journalism attainable this 12 months. If you happen to’re not already a subscriber, please think about changing into one right this moment.
A crash course in tradition
In case you are searching for suggestions this week, a number of Instances critics and editors have concepts on tradition to take a look at earlier than the tip of 2020.
“Earth Train Me Quiet,” a slowly surging choral piece by Eriks Esenvalds, is an ideal showcase for the purity — but in addition the fervour — of the Crossing, an incredible up to date music choir. — Zachary Woolfe, classical music editor
“On Pointe,” a documentary in regards to the Faculty of American Ballet, is about dance, however it’s larger than that. By these younger folks, we see braveness and artistry, together with the willpower to know as a lot about ballet as their brains and our bodies can maintain. It’s a rush. — Gia Kourlas, dance critic
The present “I Hate Suzie” seems like a dysfunctional sibling to “Fleabag.” It lets its important character, a pop star performed by Billie Piper, be messy and flawed in a manner feminine characters aren’t all the time allowed to be. The shifts between ironic comedy and honest drama make each episode a shock. — Maya Phillips, arts critic
The journalist Barton Gellman’s current e-book, “Darkish Mirror,” is thrilling and wryly humorous — ably transporting you for a second from a merciless 12 months that’s lastly coming to an finish. However he additionally opens up essential questions on authorities energy and the surveillance state for anybody able to look forward. — Jennifer Szalai, e-book critic
I like to offer poetry collections as items round this time, and this 12 months, I’m wrapping up copies of Danez Smith’s “Homie.” Smith is without doubt one of the most attention-grabbing poets writing right this moment, and this e-book — a paean to friendship, “that first & cleanest love”— is filled with new varieties and explosive, dismantling pleasure. Who couldn’t use a bit of that? — Parul Sehgal, e-book critic