5 Most Popular Posts: May 2015

  • June 2, 2015

We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. Having said that, here are May’s winners.

5 Most Popular Posts: May 2015

  1. A review of The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination by Barry Strauss. Not only was this review by G. Matthew Adkins the month’s top draw, it got thousands more hits than any other piece. Did you people just now get word of the emperor’s passing?

  2. A review of The Woman Who Read Too Much by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani. NPR producer Davar Ardalan’s critique wasn’t merely compelling — it contained fascinating tidbits about her own Kurdish ancestry.

  3. “Lack of Vision.” This thoughtful essay by Charles Bane Jr. took a hard look at the 2015 Pulitzer Prize committee’s failure to name even a single female poet among this year’s finalists.  

  4. A review of The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Readers love sheep and well-written articles. Linda Lear’s excellent assessment offered both.

  5. “Short Stories’ Time.” Columnist Art Taylor’s blog about the brevity-embracing genre brought in a record number of eyes in May. Does this mean your attention spans are as short as…look! Squirrel!
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