The Pulitzer finalist we sit 20 feet from.

Our Style colleague Phil Kennicott was just named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism.

Settle in with a brain blankie and peruse some of our favorite pieces of his — smart, elevated, occasionally dizzying — from the past year.

* The symbolism of the Occupy movement’s physical space.

* The provocative images of Moammar Gaddafi in death.

* Osama bin Laden’s impact on American culture.

The full list of Pulitzer winners.