2020 In Review: Yet Five More People Who Got Us Through This Awful Year

Next in a weekly series until this monstrosity of a year is finally over.

Will Leitch

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This year has been awful: You don’t need me to tell you that. But to try to accentuate the positive, if that’s even possible, every Friday until the end of December I’ll shout out five people who got us through this wretched year. (Here is the one from two weeks ago and here is last week’s.) These people may work in politics, or entertainment, or the arts, or any field in America or around the world. All that matters is that their contributions in 2020 made it a little easier for the rest of us to make it through.

Also, send me your recommendations and nominees at williamfleitch@yahoo.com or in the Responses to this piece. Who has gotten you through this year?

Fiona Apple

Generation X may be ignored in every facet of American society — I swear, we’re basically the generation between Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg, which is a very depressing way to be described — but Fiona Apple is out there representing. Her album “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” her first release in eight years, was an instant smash and has won just about every critics Best Album of the Year award. And she’s pretty much incredible: This Rachel Handler Vulture interview with her was maybe my favorite celebrity Q and A in years. Even the dogs barking in the background of this album sound great.

Kamala Harris

There is reason to question whether or not Kamala Harris turned out to be as electorally valuable to Joe Biden as her selection was supposed to be. (And there’s still more data to come on that.) But what is undeniable is that Kamala Harris, daughter of immigrants, graduate of Howard University, is about to become the first woman Vice President in the 245-year history of this country. As her boss might say: That’s a big effing deal.

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Will Leitch

Author of six books, including “How Lucky” and "The Time Has Come." NYMag/MLB.. Founder, Deadspin. https://williamfleitch.substack.com