This month marks the eighth anniversary of Rogue Columnist. That's a long time in the blog world and I couldn't do it without you — the smartest commenters (19,945 comments) on the Web and the thousands who come to read. The number of posts is 907 (!).
I tell more about why I write Rogue on top of my day job and novel-writing here. Today I want to list some of my favorite columns. The nature of column-writing is ephimeral. These stand out even after all these years. Maybe you have some you want to list in the comments field. I've opened all posts, not just the most recent, to comments.
1. Early on, I laid out some of the topics I didn't write about when I was a columnist at the Arizona Republic.
2. Speaking of newspapers, this column laid out the many less-discussed reasons for their death spiral. It holds up pretty well today.
3. Another one, close to my heart, is "Rocky Mountain Requiem," about the heartbreaking loss of the Rocky Mountain News, one of the oldest newspapers in the West and where I was fortunate to work in the great newspaper war with the Denver Post.
4. I haven't written much personal history here. One exception, and among the most popular, is "Ambulance Days," my reminiscences of my days as an EMT/paramedic in the Phoenix of the 1970s.
5. I was also blessed by the amazing fine arts program at Coronado High School, which I write about in "Friday Night Lights." And by attending Kenilworth Elementary School near downtown, which I celebrate in this column.
6. A few of the columns on national social and cultural issues have stood the test of time (cliche alert). Among them: "Rules of Engagement," "Men Don't Read," "R U Raising Stupid Children," and "A Giant Leap and Then A Long Fall."
9. My favorite part of Rogue is the Phoenix 101 history series. This started out as a fairly breezy historical primer for newcomers (and even natives) who think "Phoenix has no history." Hence the "101" part.
It has evolved into a more serious scholarly project, including a number of (worth your time) long reads.
Among my favorites is the three-part series on What Killed Downtown, as well as "Why They Came," "Star Johnson," and a consistent fave among readers, "The Old City." As with the newly revised "Minorities," I am going back to polish and deepen some of these columns, as well as continue the effort with new columns in the future.
Thank you for your support. Now onto year nine.