My Very Best Writing of 2019

Is it really going to be 2020?

It’s, like, really going to be the future…and nothing will continue to work properly.

This was probably my least prolific (most unprolific?) year since I really started scribbling about a decade ago, but I had some good reasons: two kids, house, promotion, more grad school, eating. You know, all the important stuff. Still, I think I penned some pretty strong stuff.

My life has changed dramatically over the past ten years and that is most evident in my writing. I very rarely watch TV or movies and when I do, it’s almost always with the family. I have two girls, so princesses and baking shows win out over NBA games and gangster films. Add to that the fact that I can’t stand 98% of new hip-hop (Griselda being the notable exception) and my main subject matter of a few years ago is almost nonexistent now. I almost never write about sports anymore and when I write about rap, it’s almost always a nostalgic piece about an album’s anniversary or the way things used to be.

As you’ll see below, most of my best stuff revolved around work and life — and the balance of the two. My side gig of reviewing books continued to prosper, bolstered by my monthly newsletter, so expect more of that in the new year.

I’ve been guilty in the past of promising things or talking about what I hope to work on and then it never happens, so instead of doing that I’m just going to say that I have plenty of thoughts and ideas and I hope to get at least some of them out into the world over the next twelve months.

As always, thank you for taking this journey with me, supporting me, clicking, reading, responding, and subscribing, either on The Passion of Christopher Pierznik or Medium. It means the world to me and if I’ve ever given you anything worthwhile – a smile, a chuckle, a different way of thinking about things, perspective, whatever – then it’s all worth it.


My Very Best Writing of 2015

My Very Best Writing of 2016

My Very Best Writing of 2017

My Very Best Writing of 2018


My Children Help Me Battle My OCD (Just By Being Themselves)

A Wedding Is Not a Marriage

A Perfect Moment in an Imperfect Life

A Dream Shattered

The Ten Words That Changed My Life

Book Reviews

Why Superman Doesn’t Take Over the World

John Adams’s Republic: The One, the Few, and the Many

Ruffhouse: From the Streets of Philly to the Top of the ’90s Hip-Hop Charts

Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity

The Problem of Democracy


So Much More Than Rap: The Life and Legacy of Nipsey Hussle

The Things We’ve Lost in the Streaming Era

A Decade of Slaughterhouse

The Return of the Purple Tape: Raekwon’s Classic Sequel Turns Ten


Walking Away from My Dream Career Path Saved My Life

My Career Changed When I Began to Treat My Job Search Like Free Agency

All of the Successful People I Know Have One Thing in Common


Anything Can Be Art

Don’t Break the Chain: The Value of Persistence

I’ll Never Make a Living from My Writing

I Approach Writing the Same Way the Coen Brothers Approach Movies


NBA Superteams Are Nothing New

Christopher Pierznik’s nine books are available in paperback and Kindle. Check out more of his writing at MediumHis work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business InsiderThe CauldronFatherly, Hip Hop Golden Age, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Please feel free to get in touch at


By Christopher Pierznik

Christopher Pierznik is the author of 9 books and has contributed to numerous websites on a variety of topics including music, sports, movies, TV, personal finance, and life. He works in corporate finance and lives in northern New Jersey with his family. His dream is to one day be a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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