Your Morning Briefing: Standouts – The New York Instances

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Good Morning

Today we bring you a special edition of the review that looks back on 2019 with the help of you, our colleagues, readers. We're revising some of your favorite articles and features, and highlighting some that you may have missed.

One of our goals is to bring you up to date, quickly summarize the biggest headlines, and take a look at the main stories we're reporting on that day.

However, some of the most popular pieces in this year's briefing were not part of the daily news cycle. There were articles of human interest, especially those with a hint of mystery. For example:

Visualization of the news: The briefing provides the basics, but readers are often interested in digging deeper. Our most popular features include maps showing the extent of forest fires in California and another map that tracks the path of Hurricane Dorian through the Caribbean and along the eastern United States.

The craving for context: When doing extensive research or updating a long-lasting, complicated news program, we often publish a separate collection of takeaways. Like the briefing itself, the takeaways distill a story down to the most important points. President Trump's analysis of Twitter's habits last month, our interview with him in January, and Robert Müller's testimony in July were all takeaway topics.

What do you know? Readers love to test their knowledge of the world (and themselves). In addition to our regular news quiz, you were also curious:

Convince yourself: Here is a look at the year in pictures.

The Times relies on exceptional writers to record lives from around the world that shape history in both ways. Here are five of this year's most widely read obituaries:

British mathematician Alan Turing helped the Allies win World War II and gave birth to the computer age. However, since his accomplishments were still secret, he died as a criminal in 1954 after being convicted of homosexuality under Victorian law. Alan Cowell, a London-based Times veteran, wrote his obituary as part of our "Overlook" series.

The first leader of independent Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe was a complex tyrant who was praised by African nationalists for addressing the rule of the white minority, but was often seen as a pariah in the West , Mr. Cowell, who had covered him as a foreign correspondent, wrote the obituary.

Toni Morrison, the best-selling novelist, whose glowing prose explored black identity in America and linked the escape of surrealism with everyday truths, was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Margalit Fox, who was with us from 2004 to 2018, had written the obituary in advance. She left the Times just a few weeks before Ms. Morrison died.

The life of the heiress of New York society Gloria Vanderbilt, who built a fashion empire with her own character against the background of a tragedy, was captured by our journalist Robert McFadden, who won the Pulitzer Prize ,

And a few months before the Brooklyn-based editor and writer Josie Rubio died, she co-published a disarming – and hugely popular – Times essay on dating End-stage cancer. "The truth is," she wrote, "I was ready to die instead of dating again."

News wasn't the only thing our readers were hungry for. We have heard from many of you how much you love the NYTCooking recipes we contain every day.

Among the most popular this year:

And if you haven't already, browse through our 50 best recipes from 2019.

Readers often write in news jargon about articles that change their thinking about others, follow an outsider, or just put a smile on their faces.

And your thoughts floated far away. What does a black hole look like? The astronomers took the first picture of one of the most mysterious entities in the cosmos.

The Times even makes dog stories – our way. Love is special about dogs, not smart, a researcher found this year. A couple didn't give up trying to find his dog: they quit their job, he got night glasses, and they searched a rural Montana community for 57 days. Welcome home, Katie.

We'll make you laugh: The best comedy of 2019.

That was & # 39; s for our special edition. Until tomorrow.

Chris Stanford, Mike Ives, Melina Delkic and Remy Tumin wrote today's briefing on the obituary with the help of Dan Wakin and Jessica Anderson on the newsletter team. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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