Every year, I give out Sidney Awards to the best magazine essays of the year. In an age of zipless, electronic media, the idea is to celebrate (and provide online links to) long-form articles that have narrative drive and social impact.
I don't remember following The Sidney Awards from David Brooks, but this seems to be a remarkable list of essays and essayists that he's named. I need to track down the pieces he's named; you can see the nominations by clicking through for the original piece.
A second batch of awards was published on December 29.