Chris Jones was asked to pick his best stories of 2012 by Longreads. He led off with this bit about Mike Mooney, despite Mike’s noted wrongheadedness about his ability to take down a giraffe with his bare hands:
Favorite new writer discovery of 2012
I’m always scared of making lists like this, because a year is a long time, and I read a lot, and invariably I’ll forget writers and pieces that I liked very much. But this category is easy for me: Michael J. Mooney. He wrote back-to-back stories for D Magazine this summer that are so different but the same in that they both knocked me on my ass. First he wrote about a brutal rape inÂ “When Lois Pearson Started Fighting Back.”Â (It is a difficult read, but the ending is more than worth it.) And then he wrote the most amazing bowling story ever inÂ “The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever.”Â Plus, he’s a straight-up good dude. Love this guy so much.