Best of 2017

Here are the top 15 most-read stories published on DAM’s website during the past year.

15. “Wisdom of the Sages” Four nonagenarians and one octogenarian serve up more than 450 years of insight into this thing called life. By Bill Gifford ’88

14. “Promise Kept” To honor her dying husband’s wishes, Dr. Lucy (Goddard) Kalanithi ’01 made sure his unfinished memoir was published. Little did she realize the posthumous bestseller would take on a life of its own. By Kevin Nance

13. “Riding into the Sunset” A colorful classmate leaves a lasting impression. By Stuart Deane ’65

12. “Eternal Quest” The pursuit of a meaningful life is more urgent—and more elusive—than ever before. By Emily Esfahani Smith ’09

11. “What Makes Nice People Nice?” Georgetown professor Abigail Marsh ’99 peeks inside the altruistic headquarters of our brains. By Teresa Wiltz ’83

10. “Tyrants on the Balcony” In remembrance of his former roommate, an alum recalls their elaborate prank that rocked campus more than 50 years ago. By Stephen Geller ’62

9. “Upside-Down World” Before making it big as a monster hunter on the Netflix smash Stranger Things, David Harbour ’97 had to fend off a few demons of his own. By Jennifer Wulff ’96

8. “Behind the Scenes” Storyboard artist Raymond Prado ’89 works his Hollywood magic from the quiet hills of rural Vermont. By Jennifer Wulff ’96

7. “New Blue” Something unusual is happening on the streets of Vermont’s largest city: Police chief Brandon del Pozo ’96 has infused Burlington with trust and transparency—a new way of policing in America. By Tiffanie Wen

6. “Why We Need the Humanities” Right now. More than ever. By Judith Hertog

5. “Fake News” Onion staffer Mike Gillis ’12 on writing for “America’s Finest News Source” and the role of satire in a post-truth world. By James Napoli

4. “No Script Required” As a soccer mom and United Nations goodwill ambassador, actress Connie Britton ’89 lands her most fulfilling roles. By Jennifer Wulff ’96

3. “An Ode to EBAs” The popular Hanover eatery known for its chicken sandwiches and other delights closes up shop. By Spenser Mestel ’11

2. “The DAM Interview: Lee Coffin” The Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid takes you inside the admissions process. By Jacques Steinberg ’88

1. “Master of the Game” Game of Thrones creator David Benioff ’92 discusses a day that changed his life, his fear of prison, and what it’s like behind the scenes of the most-acclaimed TV show ever. By Jake Tapper ’91

Portfolio

Alumni Books
New titles from Dartmouth writers (July/August 2018)
A Better Blade
Engineer’s designs protect marine mammals.
One of the Boys

One of Dartmouth’s early female exchange students pledges a fraternity.

Matt Klentak ’02
The GM of the Philadelphia Phillies takes us around the horn.

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