Holy hell it’s getting hot in here. And why? Because today, exactly one year after we humbly went live, we present Trop’s first ever BEST OF THE WEATHER.
1. For sticking to the editorial mission the rest of us abandoned on May 2, 2012, one day into our existence, it’s a seven-way tie between Jen Hutton, Liz Billet, Soon Wiley, Lori Kozlowski, Jared Yates Sexton, Chris Black, and Christopher Kuehnle for best posts about place and/or the actual weather.
2. For conveying the suburban Los Angeles feeling that’s so pertinent to the rest of the United States, even to places like Milledgeville, Georgia, it’s Patrick Benjamin with his story “The Tarzana Scarfaces.”
3. For general hilarity on a consistent basis, for hilarity so good it needs no introduction, it’s Evan Allgood and Maggie Mull.
4. For longevity and persistence, coming in at seventeen installments long, it’s Peter Nichols’s dogged quest to fight climate change, the Bum Logic series.
5. For vignettes that feel like they’re part of something bigger yet work as stand-alone pieces too, without any sort of introduction or editor’s note, we congratulate Seth Blake, McLean Gordon, and John Kersey.
6. For best fake Yelp reviews, it’s the new, informative, and sure to stretch long into Trop’s sure-to-be glorious future, the Honest and Unbiased series from Steph Cha and Sabra Embury.
7. For range, eclecticism, and courage, it’s Eric Gelsinger, Devon Bixler, Matt Crowley, Adriana Widdoes, Jessica Marie Felleman, Katie Browne, Adam Berg, Eric Sollenberger, and Elizabeth Bohnhorst for top posts that defy categorization.
8. For terror, fright, and general scariness, it’s A.C. DeLashmutt for almost burning to the ground and Riley Raubacher for increasing nightlight sales in Los Feliz by at least one. (Hellooo Jake de Grazia. What? You don’t want people to know that editing scary audio keeps you awake at night. Forget it, Jake—it’s the internet!)
9. For most scatological, perverted, or generally unfriendly to dinner table conversation, it’s a three-way tie between Tom Bohnorst, Emma Kemp, and TJ Sandella.
10. Coming in last place because its authors decided on who won all of these and are too humble to list themselves any higher yet not humble enough to leave themselves off the list altogether, it’s Tom Dibblee and Roger Sollenberger’s “Club Monaco Man” for best fake interview about pants.
Thank you to our readers for a great year in The Weather! Here’s to more to come.
(audience raises glasses)
Tom Dibblee is Trop’s editor. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and his nonfiction has appeared in Pacific Standard, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Point. He lives in Los Angeles.
Roger is a composition teacher at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. He's working on his first novel, and would like to tell you all about it.