In a work of longform feature writing that’s almost impossible to believe still exists in 2009, Sam McPheeters pens 8000 words for Vice on 26, ne Doc Dart, former Crucifucks frontman and onetime contender for the mayoralty of Lansing, Michigan. McPheeters chronicles Dart’s evolution into 26 (“the number, like all pairings of two digits, appears pretty much everywhere. ‘You get free advertising for your name all the time! Right? Am I right?'”); his years working in his father’s bank; his crucial role in electing the mayor of the capital of Michigan; and the fateful September 11th, 2001 day on which 26 hung a banner reading “SEPT 11 JUSTICE IS SERVED” outside his house. “Middle age is hard on radicals,” writes Sam, who contributes to the Voice and elsewhere, “but it is harder still on radicals for whom showmanship has been their primary form of activism.” The level of consideration, empathy, and patience here is unreal–it’s the first really great piece of the New Year.