The Sixteen Most-Read New Yorker Blog Posts of 2016

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Mary Karr’s essay “The Crotchgrabber,” on a shockingly casual case of sexual assault, was among the most-read pieces we published this year.Mary Karr’s essay “The Crotchgrabber,” on a shockingly casual case of sexual assault, was among the most-read pieces we published this year.CreditIllustration by Rebekka Dunlap

We publish about fifteen pieces a day on this Web site, and it’s not often that they make me cry. But the first story on this list did. It’s the tale of my friend Paul Kalanithi’s last day practicing medicine, excerpted from his memoir about dealing with terminal metastatic lung cancer, “When Breath Becomes Air.” And the last story on this list nearly did, too: it’s Patti Smith’s tale of trying to sing “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the Nobel Prize ceremony honoring Bob Dylan. Read it to the final sentence.

In between are the other fourteen most-read pieces we published as Web posts this year, as measured by the cumulative time people spent reading them. They’re arranged chronologically, and duplications have been removed so that no author appears more than once. (Sorry, Andy and David!). Some will make you laugh; others will bring back things you may want to forget. They may also serve as a reminder of the value of writing and reporting, whether about the nature of the universe or about issues we confront here on planet Earth. It was quite a year.

Read more stories about the year in culture and politics.Read more stories about the year in culture and politics.

My Last Day as a Surgeon,” by Paul Kalanithi (January 11th)

Everyone Hates Martin Shkreli. Everyone Is Missing the Point,” by Kelefa Sanneh (February 5th)

How People Learn to Become Resilient,” by Maria Konnikova (February 11th)

Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them,” by Nicola Twilley (February 11th)

The Dangerous Acceptance of Donald Trump,” by Adam Gopnik (May 20th)

How ‘Silicon Valley’ Nails Silicon Valley,” by Andrew Marantz (June 9th)

Chris Stevens’s Family: Don’t Blame Hillary Clinton for Benghazi,” by Robin Wright (June 28th)

Memories of Trump’s Wedding,” by Joseph O’Neill (August 1st)

The Crotchgrabber,” by Mary Karr (August 11th)

Queen Offers to Restore British Rule Over United States,” by Andy Borowitz (October 29th)

James Comey Broke with Loretta Lynch and Justice Department Tradition,” by Jane Mayer (October 29th)

An American Tragedy,” by David Remnick (November 9th)

Donald Trump’s First, Alarming Week as President-Elect,” by Ryan Lizza (November 16th)

Ivanka Trump’s Terrible Book Helps Explain the Trump-Family Ethos,” by Jia Tolentino (November 29th)

Now Is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (December 2nd)

How Does It Feel,” by Patti Smith (December 14th)