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WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

To celebrate our fifth birthday, and the holidays, we’re looking back at some of the 700+ times OZY has put you ahead of the curve over the years.

By OZY Editors

OZY just turned 5 — so we’re taking the opportunity to wish ourselves a happy birthday and you a happy holiday season. To celebrate this milestone, we’re taking you through the 12 Days of OZY (with the corresponding number of stories for each day in the run-up to Christmas), telling you why we’re here and sharing examples of the 700+ times we have delivered on our promise to bring you ahead-of-the-curve, provocative and thoughtful news coverage.

OZY co-founders Carlos Watson and Samir Rao — lovers of great storytelling — looked out into the media landscape six years ago and found a stark lack of originality. Legacy outlets were offering similar headlines and failing to thrill curious readers in a way that would excite them about the world around them.

So OZY set off to do just that — and, to this day, feeds the minds of curious readers by offering them new takes on the exciting and surprising world around them, near and far. For your chance to win an OZY birthday gift — everything from hoodies and water bottles to tickets to next summer’s OZY Fest in NYC — please tell us how we’re doing by taking this survey (in the line asking for your email, mention “birthday” for a chance to win OZY prizes). And come back for Day 10.

No. 9: Hot New Literary Legends and Trends

On the ninth day of OZY, we proudly help you revisit nine rising stars in the literary world we’ve highlighted before other outlets:

  1. Meet Ila Arab Mehta, a respected novelist turned feminist from the north Indian state of Gujarat.
  2. Shawn Vestal’s debut novel includes a woman raised in a polygamous Mormon community, passages in the voice of epic stuntman Evel Knievel and pure daredevilry.
  3. Karan Mahajan knew he had something “devastating and dark” on his hands when, at 25, he started writing The Association of Small Bombs.
  4. Tomi Adeyemi focuses on justice as a strong driver for her publishing debut, Children of Blood and Bone (2018), the first volume in an anticipated trilogy that is expected to catapult Adeyemi to superstardom in young adult literature.
  5. Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang mixes entertainment with education and has his sights set on world domination.
  6. The act was a touch sophomoric in retrospect, but in Steven Pruitt’s defense, he was, in fact, a college sophomore when he sat down at his computer to compose his first article for a 3-year-old website called Wikipedia. 
  7. Ken Liu, a sci-fi author bridging China and America, says he could never miss the beginning of any story.
  8. How much do we really know about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea? OZY offers a glimpse into everyday life in the world’s most repressive state.
  9. Thi Bui’s first graphic novel, more than 10 years in the making, offers a far-ranging illustration of her family’s life in Vietnam.

Why You Should Care: Because who doesn’t love curling up with a good book?

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