Monday, June 21, 2021

Jane Addams


p. 569, The Best American Essays of the Century.

Henry Adams

The great-grandson of John Adams and grandson of John Quincy Adams, the prominent Bostonian Henry Adams (1838-1918) did not follow their illustrious paths to the U.S. presidency. Instead, he devoted himself to writing, producing several multivolume histories of the nation, an enormous quantity of political journalism, and two novels. He is best known today for two nonfiction works (both privately printed) that grew out of his scientific theory of history, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (1904) and  The Education of Henry Adams (1907), a third-person autobiography that imagines Americans in the year 2000 while pursuing one of the earliest investigations into ideas of chaos and complexity. Having moved to Washington in 1877 with his wife (who committed suicide in 1885, an incident not mentioned in the autobiography), Adams quickly became an "insider," forming acquaintances with practically every president until his death at age eighty. See Henry Adams: Novels, Mont-Saint-Michel, The Education (ed. Ernest and Jayne N. Samuels, 1983).

p. 569, The Best American Essays of the Century.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tracy Kidder

TRACY KIDDER, guest editor,
- The Best American Essays 1994.

Ian Frazier

IAN FRAZIER, guest editor,
- The Best American Essays 1997.

Edward Hoagland

EDWARD HOAGLAND, guest editor,
- Back Cover, The Best American Essays 1999.

Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould, guest editor,
- Back Cover, The Best American Essays 2002.

Louis Menand

Louis Menand is the author of The Metaphysical Club and American Studies and is a staff writer for The New Yorker.
- Back Cover, The Best American Essays 2004.

Susan Orlean

SUSAN ORLEAN, guest editor, is the author of My Kind of Place, The Orchid Thief, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, and Saturday Night. A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1982, she has also written for Outside, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Vogue.
- Back Cover, The Best American Essays 2005.

Lauren Slater

LAUREN SLATER, guest editor
- Back Cover, The Best American Essays 2006.

David Foster Wallace

DAVID FOSTER WALLACE, guest editor, is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the novel Infinite Jest and the essay collection Consider the Lobster. He has been the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and numerous other awards.
- Back Cover, The Best American Essays 2007.

Kathryn Schulz

KATHRYN SCHULZ, guest editor,
- Back Cover, The Best American Essays 2021.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Tom Wolfe

TOM WOLFE
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Geoffrey C. Ward

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- Back Cover, The Best American Essays 1996.

GEOFFREY C. WARD
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Calvin Trillin

CALVIN TRILLIN
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Robert Stone

ROBERT STONE
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Scott Russell Sanders

SCOTT RUSSELL SANDERS
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Phyllis Rose

PHYLLIS ROSE
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Gregor Von Rezzori

GREGOR VON REZZORI
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Samuel Pickering, JR

SAMUEL PICKERING, JR
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

William Pfaff

WILLIAM PFAFF
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Elting E. Morison

ELTING E. MORISON
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Barry Lopez

BARRY LOPEZ
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Phillip Lopate

PHILLIP LOPATE
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Donald Hall

DONALD HALL
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Gary Giddins

GARY GIDDINS
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Daniel Mark Epstein

DANIEL MARK EPSTEIN
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

John Gregory Dunne

JOHN GREGORY DUNNE is the author of Delano; Vegas; True Confessions; Quintana and Friends; Dutch Shea, Jr.; and The Red, White and Blue. With his wife, Joan Didion, he has co-authored several screenplays, including Panic in Needle Park, A Star Is Born, and True Confessions. He has contributed articles and essays to many magazines.
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Gretel Ehrlich

GRETEL EHRLICH
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Richard Ben Cramer

RICHARD BEN CRAMER has been a magazine writer for several years and was formerly Middle East correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His work has appeared in Esquire and Rolling Stone, and he has written on a variety of public figures. He is currently writing a book on the 1988 presidential campaigns. He lives in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
- p. 315, The Best American Essays 1987.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The American Scholar

https://theamericanscholar.org/

1986

Southwest Review

http://southwestreview.com/

1986

Foreign Affairs

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/

1986

The New Republic

https://newrepublic.com/

1986

Natural History

https://naturalhistorymag.com/

1986

House & Garden

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_%26_Garden_(magazine)

1986

The Nation

https://www.thenation.com/

1986
  • Kai Erikson.   OF ACCIDENTAL JUDGMENTS AND CASUAL SLAUGHTERS   116

The Kenyon Review

https://kenyonreview.org/

1986

Grand Street

http://www.grandstreet.com/

1986

The New York Times Book Review

https://www.nytimes.com/section/books/review

John Wain

JOHN WAIN has published many volumes of fiction, poetry, essays, and literary criticism. His novels include Hurry on Down, A Winter in the Hills, and Young Shoulders. He is the editor of Everyman's Book of English Verse and the author of a prizewinning biography, Samuel Johnson. The first installment of his autobiography was Sprightly Running; his new book, Dear Shadows, will be published this year.
- p. 285, The Best American Essays 1986.

Gore Vidal

GORE VIDAL was born in West Point and is the author of twenty novels, including the American chronicle (Burr, 1876, Washington, D.C., and Lincoln), five plays, and five collections of essays, the most recent of which, The Second American Revolution, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 1982. He is currently at work on a novel, Manifest Destiny.
- p. 285, The Best American Essays 1986.

Frederick Turner

FREDERICK TURNER is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Rediscovering America: John Muir in His Time and Ours. He is at work on a book about the making of the American literary landscape. A reformed professor, he is now a free-lance writer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- p. 285, The Best American Essays 1986.

Edward Rothstein

EDWARD ROTHSTEIN is the music critic for The New Republic and a senior editor at the Free Press, Macmillan Inc. He was a music critic for The New York Times and did graduate work in mathematics, literature, and philosophy at Brandeis and Columbia universities, and at the Committee on Social Though at the University of Chicago. His essays on literature, science, and culture have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Commentary, The American Scholar, Musical Quarterly, the Washington Post, and other publications. He is at work on a study of the friendship between Gershom Scholem and Walter Benjamin.
- p. 285, The Best American Essays 1986.

Cynthia Ozick

CYNTHIA OZICK, guest editor,
- Back Cover, The Best American Essays 1998.

CYNTHIA OZICK is the author of two novels, Trust and The Cannibal Galazy, and several collections: The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories, Bloodshed and Three Novellas, and Levitation: Five Fictions. She has published Art & Ardor Essays and is currently at work on a novel.
- p. 284-5, The Best American Essays 1986.

George F. Kennan

GEORGE F. KENNAN, formerly a career Foreign Service officer and ambassador to Russia and Yugoslavia, is now a retired professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the author of a number of books on American foreign policy and diplomatic history, including The Nuclear Delusion, The Decline of Bismarck's European Order, and The Fateful Alliance.
- p. 284, The Best American Essays 1986.

Anne Hollander

ANNE HOLLANDER is an independent scholar and writer living in New York City. Her book Seeing Through Clothes is about the representation of clothing in art. Her essays and review have appeared in The American Scholar, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Connoisseur, and Raritan. She is currently writing a book about painterly and graphic sources for film.
- p. 284, The Best American Essays 1986.

Stephen Jay Gould

STEPHEN JAY GOULD teaches biology, geology, and the history of science at Harvard University. He is the author of Ontogeny and Phylogeny, The Mismeasure of Man, and four collections of essays: Ever Since Darwin, The Panda's Thumb, Hen's Teeth and Horses' Toes, and The Flamingo's Smile. A MacArthur Prize Fellow, he writes a monthly scientific essay for Natural History magazine.
- p. 284, The Best American Essays 1986.

William Gass

WILLIAM H. GASS is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including Omensetter's Luck, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, On Being Blue, and The World Within the Word. He is the David May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. His recent collection of essays, Habitations of the Word, won the 1986 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.
- p. 284, The Best American Essays 1986.

Robert Fitzgerald

ROBERT FITZGERALD, poet and translator of the Odyssey, the Iliad, and the Aeneid, was Boylston Profesor of Rhetoric and Oratory Emeritus at Harvard. A collection of his selected prose, including essays on his friends James Agee, Randall Jarrell, and Flannery O'Connor will be published by New Directions in 1987. Robert Fitzgerald died in January 1985.
- p. 284, The Best American Essays 1986.

Kai Erikson

KAI ERIKSON has written Wayward Puritans: A Study in the Sociology of Deviance and Everything in Its Path: Destruction of Community in the Buffalo Creek Flood. He is editor of The Yale Review and professor of sociology and American studies at Yale University.
- p. 283-4, The Best American Essays 1986.

Gerald Early

GERALD EARLY is currently finishing a book entitled The Culture of Bruising: Essays Towards a Definition of Literature, Prizefighting, and the Modern World.
- p. 283, The Best American Essays 1986.

Alexander Cockburn

ALEXANDER COCKBURN has been an Irish citizen resident of the United States since 1973. He writes regular columns for The Nation and The Wall Street Journal, and contributes to many magazines. He is currently writing books about the press and about automobiles.
- p. 283, The Best American Essays 1986.

How to be an Obedient Asian in America

 Use few words. Speak less, be unnoticeable. Know when to speak, and know what you're talking about when you speak. Forget what they told you about how you have to make mistakes to learn. Bullshit. That is for them, not you. Learn on your own, do not ask for help. Be useful in whatever you do. Yes, they will talk about you. How you are unsociable. But they also know for a fact, that you are useful.

Forget about equality. You aren't even fun enough to have beer with. It doesn't matter how well you do your job. You won't be part of them. You won't be part of them when they are laughing and joking during work, while you're the only one who's actually working at work. Be unnoticeable until they come to collect your products of your work. And they will reap the fruits of your work, while they're laughing and joking with a beer in their hands with your boss. They will tell you that you're doing great, that you're a Great American. Yeah, whatever, now you're probably like, fuck America.

Be sure to be frugal. Max out your 401k, and do the same for your IRA. In the end you will be a millionaire, and you won't have to see them again. But in retirement they won't even realize the bad financial decisions they've made, because those laughs and jokes got them higher than your hard work. They will keep on enjoying their beers and laughing an joking, and you will die a millionaire because you never unlearned being frugal.

In your deathbed you will wonder why all the troubles you endured being an obedient Asian in America, you will die yearning for the land you left to be free. You've made this land of the free more fertile, and your sons and daughters won't realize how free they are because the never experienced the opposite.

But rest in peace, be assured that your heirs will be real Americans. Their friends will joke and giggle how stereo-typically rich they are, from the money you never learned to waste. They won't even get offended at the Asian jokes and racial slurs because their origin is blurred. In America it doesn't matter what race you are, as long as you know how to laugh and giggle over a beer. If then you will be part of the team, no matter where the team headed.

Lionel Shriver

A prolific journalist with columns in The Spectator and Harper's Magazine, LIONEL SHRIVER has published one short story collection and fourteen novels, including the bestsellers The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047; Big Brother; So Much for That; The Post-Birthday World; and the Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk About Kevin (a 2011 feature film starring Tilda Swinton). Her latest novel is The Motion of the Body Through Space (2020). Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

- p. 276, The Best American Essays 2020.