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Quillette’s Most Read—2023

Quillette’s Most Read—2023

Our most popular essays of 2023.

· 3 min read

Welcome to Quillette's list of the most popular articles of the year, based on the number of pageviews from January 1 to December 27, 2023.

These articles cover a wide range of topics, including true crime, Harvard, Oppenheimer, and even an imaginary sex ring. We want to extend our congratulations to the authors and our dedicated team of editors for delivering such high-quality journalism in what has been our most successful year yet.

Additionally, we'd like to give a special shout-out to Quillette editors Jamie Palmer and Jonathan Kay, whose essays have made it into our top 10 list.

One

The Wrongful Exoneration of Adnan Syed Part I: A Straightforward Murder Case
A serious reexamination of this case must begin by setting out the evidence that led the jury to convict.

Two

The Harvard Double Standard
And how higher education can reform from within.

Three

RIP, Richard Bilkszto, a Toronto Educator Who Stood up to Woke Bullying—and Paid the Price
Two years after being falsely smeared as a white supremacist by a diversity trainer, a longtime school principal committed suicide

Four

The Return of the Progressive Atrocity
It is the responsibility of Western activists to know who and what they support, and to separate themselves—openly and decisively—from programs and regimes that are predicated on violence and repression.

Five

Campus Puritans Come for an Astronomer—And His Byline
By demanding that morality tests be imposed on scientific journal authorship, Geoff Marcy’s critics are creating a dangerous precedent.

Six

The Lab-Leak Illusion
The laboratory accident hypothesis of COVID-19’s origins is a bust, but the popular consensus is unwilling to accept it.

Seven

The Wrongful Exoneration of Adnan Syed Part II: The Legal and Media Circus
Adnan Syed would never have been released had ‘Serial’ not been made, and why advocacy journalism must be treated with caution.

Eight

McMaster’s Imaginary Sex Ring
In 2020, a Canadian university tore up its psychology department in search of a non-existent network of sexual predators. Documents obtained by Quillette reveal how administrators allowed it to happen.

Nine

How Accurate is Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’?
A nuclear engineer reviews the blockbuster film.

Ten

When Trans Activism Becomes Government Policy
Even as other nations finally move to protect dysphoric youth from disfiguring treatments, Canadian politicians and educators continue to promote state-funded ‘gender journeys.’

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