Looking for some quality reading this holiday season? We’ve crunched the numbers and compiled a list of the year’s most popular long reads: the 10 most-read pieces of longform journalism on Macleans.ca.
Read on for links to some of this year’s most thought-provoking cover stories, investigations and features, from the gluten-free craze to the federal muzzling of scientists, the genius of a teenage physicist to why it’s time to legalize marijuana. Note: As some stories have evolved since publication, we’ve kept this list to those pieces we felt remained timely, relevant and engaging for a later read. When you’re finished with our top posts, peruse the rest of our most popular long reads.
|Jacob Barnett, boy genius
by Paul Wells
As a young child, he was diagnosed with severe autism. But his mother saw the spark of brilliance.
|The dangers of gluten-free
by Cathy Gulli
Could one of the year’s most prominent health fads be doing more harm than good?
|The new underclass
by Chris Sorensen
Why a generation of well-educated, ambitious, smart young Canadians has no future
|Why Canada doesn’t work
by Chris Sorensen
With more excuses than solutions on the table, Canada’s skills mismatch could sink the economy
|Why it’s time to legalize marijuana
by Ken MacQueen
After decades of wasted resources, clogged courtrooms and a shift in public perception, let’s end the war on weed
|The heaven boom
by Brian Bethune
Heaven is hot again, and hell is colder than ever. Why so many people–including scientists–suddenly believe in an afterlife
|When science goes silent
by Jonathon Gatehouse
With the muzzling of scientists, Stephen Harper’s obsession with controlling the government’s message verges on the Orwellian
|The housing trap
by Charlie Gillis
Home ownership has troubling side effects, distorting the economy and taking a toll on our minds and bodies
|Land of misfortune
by Tamsin McMahon
Why the world’s best and brightest struggle to find jobs in Canada, of all places
|The wonder of Chris Hadfield
by Kate Lunau
He saw Earth from above, and shared his experience aboard the ISS with millions