The 10 Best Books of 2015

The year’s best books, as selected by the editors of Full Stop.


I don’t want to miss New York. I want to “brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning” about our time together, but I’m not the specter who misses no one.

Indivisible: America’s Cultural Nationalism

Some people confuse all our talk of melting pots for the ingredients, not the final product. But it is the resulting mush, packaged and frozen and shipped out to all two-hundred-fifty locations, that we celebrate.

Situation and Aftermath

Simply put: if the characters aren’t impacted, the readers aren’t impacted. And impact comes through the idea of Aftermath.


To live as myth is a form of resistance.

The Resilience of/to Sleaford Mods

Rihanna is neither the un-investible noise of resistance nor the efficient investment of resilience, but rather the inefficiency of melancholy.

The Misery of the General Reader: Fukuyama and Graeber

If Francis Fukuyama allows me to congratulate myself for being a few shades less conservative than the author, then Graeber’s radicalism makes me feel flaccid, middle-class, and complicit in a system whose flaws I don’t even sufficiently perceive.

Like Cattle Towards Glow

Even to death and in their assholes.

Writers and the Slow Road to #Progress

Social media is not a threat to a writer’s creative development but a continuation of it—or perhaps its very beginning.