“Best of” lists are always a contrivance, all the more so on a site like Ryeberg, with its treasure store of dazzling and distinctive essays. But granting that lists do have some value and interest, we bring you the Summer 2009, Ryeberg Top 25.
Compiling the list was tricky. We had to employ some rather ersatz mathematics to take into account various objective and subjective criteria. Web analytics helped us with the objective: number of unique visitors (in first week), discussion generated, linkbacks, average length of time spent, etc. These results were slightly nuanced by the momentary sentiments and judgments of a dozen Ryeberg intimates and editors. In other words, the product of a highly scientific process, this list!
A Top 25 may seem a little premature given that Ryeberg is only two months old, but here you have it, starting with number twenty-five:
Jowita Bydlowska connecting through video clips.
Catherine Bush on the limits of text.
Mary Ellen Carroll sees a media echo chamber in the tennis court.
Micah Toub unconvinced of his final end.
Chris Gehman admires the cleverness of birds.
Pasha Malla is, whoa, what’s up Fatlip?
Sean Dixon wants his country back.
Alana Wilcox prefers context with her violence.
Darren Wershler on the roots of today’s popular typography.
Peter Trachtenberg on video memorials.
Ernest Hilbert questions the showmanship of shredders.
Sheila Heti finds the novel’s most perfect adaptation.
Sholem Krishtalka sympathizes with a TV show host.
Mike Hoolboom on the separatedness of Guy Debord.
Damian Rogers advises the rock n’ roll cure.
Russell Smith discovers the anthems of his youth on YouTube.
Bert Archer’s final installment in his quintessential song series.
Peter Lynch revisits the obsessions of the sixties.
Elyse Friedman awestruck by the bold and the talentless.
Jon Paul Fiorentino on Fran’s Morrissey covers.
Mary Gaitskill deciphers Lady Gaga’s poker face.
Mitu Sengupta on why a promotional video for missiles is misguided.
Mary Gaitskill imagines the world of Michael Jackson.
Lynn Crosbie writes a beautiful eulogy to the King of Pop.
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