The Best American Essays 2019

by Rebecca Solnit, Robert Atwan

"ESSAYS ARE RESTLESS LITERATURE, trying to find out how things fit together, how we can think about two things at once, how the personal and the public can inform each other, how two overtly dissimilar things share a secret kinship," contends Rebecca Solnit in her introduction. From lost languages and extinct species to life-affirming cosmologies and literary myths that offer cold comfort, the personal and the public collide in The Best American Essays 2019. This searching, necessary collection grapples with what has preoccupied us in the past year - sexual politics, race, violence, invasive technologies - and yet, in reading for the book, Solnit also found "how discovery can be a deep pleasure."

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13/ EAN: 978-1328465801
ISBN-10: 1328465802
Pages: 256
Publication Date: 10/01/2019


Foreword     ix

Introduction     xviii

MARILYN ABILDSKOV   The Trick: Notes Toward a Theory of Plot   1
   from The Gettysburg Review

NOAM CHOMSKY   Prospects for Survival   8
   from The Massachusetts Review

   from Alaska Quarterly Review

LAWRENCE JACKSON   The City That Bleeds  45
   from Harper's Magazine

RACHEL KUSHNER   "We Are Orphans Here"   60
   from The New York Times Magazine

ALAN LIGHTMAN   What Came Before the Big Bang?   72
   from Harper's Magazine

EMILY MALONEY   Cost of Living   82
   from The Virginia Quarterly Review

GREG MARSHALL   If I Only Had a Leg   91
   from Electronic Literature

BERNARD FARAI MATAMBO   Working the City   104
   from Transition

KENNETH A. McCLANE   Sparrow Needy   115
   from Kenyon Review

KATHERINE VENABLE   The Book of the Dead   128
   from Oxford American

WESLEY MORRIS   Last Taboo   160
   from The New York Times Magazine

CHRISTOPHER NOTARNICOLA   Indigent Disposition   176
   from North American Review

MEGHAN O'GIEBLYN   Dispatch from Flyover Country   180
   from The Threepenny Review

KAREN PALMER   The Reader Is the Protagonist   192
   from The Virginia Quarterly Review

   from n+1

HEATHER SELLERS   Haywire   232
   from Tin House

ANDREA STUART   Travels in Pornland   252
   from Granta

JUNE THUNDERSTORM   Revenge of the Mouthbreathers: A Smoker's Manifesto   267
   from The Baffler

ALIA VOLZ   Snakebit   275
   from The Threepenny Review

Contributors’ Notes   285

Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2016   291

Notable Special Issues of 2016   301

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