Saturday, May 21, 2022

China Still Lifes

When the Cockroach Stood by the Mickle Wood

Of Accidental Judgments and Casual Slaughters

The Passing of Jazz's Old Guard: Remembering Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and Sonny Stitt

Heatherdown: A Late Imperialist Memoir

Flight from Byzantium

Not-Knowing

The Follies of Writer Worship

The Threepenny Review

https://www.threepennyreview.com/

2021

Bookforum

https://www.bookforum.com/

2021

The Paris Review

https://www.theparisreview.org/

2021

A Public Space

https://apublicspace.org/

2021

Literary Hub

https://lithub.com/

2021

London Review of Books

https://www.lrb.co.uk/

2021

Ploughshares

https://www.pshares.org/

2021

The Point

https://thepointmag.com/

2021

Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward on Amazon

The Best American Essays 2021

Dariel Suarez

Dariel Suarez on Amazon

The Best American Essays 2021

The Best American Essays 2021

Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen

Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen on Amazon

BETH (BICH MINH) NGUYEN is the author of Stealing Buddha's Dinner, the novels Short Girls and Pioneer Girl, and the forthcoming memoir Owner of a Lonely Heart. She has received the American Book Award and the PEN/Jerard Fund Award, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, the New York Times, and numerous anthologies. Nguyen is a professor in the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 204). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Fintan O'Toole

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The Best American Essays 2021

Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris on Amazon

WESLEY MORRIS is a critic at large at the New York Times and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, where he writes essays about popular culture. He also hosts the culture podcast Still Processing with Jenna Wortham. For three years he was a staff writer at Grantland, where he wrote about movies, television, and the role of style in professional sports; he also cohosted the podcast Do You Like Prince Movies? with Alex Pappademas. Before that, he spent eleven years as a film critic at the Boston Globe, where he won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 204). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Claire Messud

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CLAIRE MESSUD's books include the novels The Burning Girl, The Emperor's Children, and The Last Life; a collection of novellas, The Hunters; and, most recently, an autobiography in essays, Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write. She has received numerous honors, including the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Harvard University.

The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 204). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Jessica Lustig

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JESSICA LUSTIG is a deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine. She has written on subjects including guns, the criminal justice system, culture, and books, but most often works behind the scenes with other writers. She lives in New York City.
The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 203). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Patricia Lockwood

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PATRICIA LOCKWOOD is the author of four books, most recently the novel No One Is Talking About This (2021). Her memoir Priestdaddy won the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor, and her poetry collections include Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals (2014) and  Balloon Pop Outlaw Black (2012). She is a contributing editor for the London Review of Books and lives in Savannah, Georgia.

The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 203). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Amy Leach

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AMY LEACH grew up in Texas and earned her MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in Orion, A Public Space, Tin House, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and numerous other publications. She is a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Things That Are and The Everybody Ensemble. Leach lives in Montana.

The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 203). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Ruchir Joshi

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RUCHIR JOSHI is a writer, a filmmaker and the author of a novel, The Last Jet-Engine Laugh. His forthcoming novel, Great Eastern Hotel, will be published in the UK and India.

The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 203). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Greg Jackson

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GREG JACKSON is the author of Prodigals: Stories, for which he received the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 award and the Bard Fiction Prize. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Granta, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, and The Point, among other places. In 2017 he was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists.
The Best American Essays 2021 (pp. 202-203). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Tony Hoagland

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TONY HOAGLAND (1953-2018) published seven books of poetry, including What Narcissism Means to Me (2003) and Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God (2018); three collections of essays, including The Art of Voice, with Kay Cosgrove; and Cinderbiter: Celtic Poems, with Martin Shaw. Turn Up the Ocean: New and Uncollected Poems is forthcoming in 2022.

The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 202). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Gabrielle Hamilton

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GABRIELLE HAMILTON is the chef-owner of Prune, which she opened in New York City's East Village in October 1999. Prune has received national and international press recognition. Hamilton's television appearances include segments with Martha Stewart, Mark Bittman, and Mike Colameco; she was the victor in her Iron Chef America battle against Bobby Flay on the Food Network in 2008. She won an Emmy for her role in season 4 of the PBS series Mind of a Chef. Hamilton has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, GQ, Bon App├ętit, Saveur, Food & Wine, Afar, Travel and Leisure, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, Elle, and House Beautiful. Her work has been anthologized in Best Food Writing 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2013. A winner of four James Beard Awards, she was named Outstanding Chef in 2018. Her New York Times bestseller, Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, has been published in six languages. Her recent cookbook Prune features 250 recipes from her restaurant. A monthly columnist for The New York Times Magazine, Hamilton is currently at work on a memoir.

The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 202). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Agnes Callard

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AGNES CALLARD is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago and the author of Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming (2018). She writes a monthly public philosophy column for The Point Magazine. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Boston Review, Liberties, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago and is writing a book on Socrates's discovery of a conversational method of inquiry into life's fundamental questions.

The Best American Essays 2021 (pp. 201-202). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Molly McCully Brown

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MOLLY MCCULLY BROWN is the author of the essay collection Places I've Taken My Body, which Kirkus Reviews named a Best Book of 2020, and the poetry collection The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. With Susannah Nevison, Brown is also the co-author of the poetry collection In the Field Between Us (2020). Her essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Guardian, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English and creative nonfiction at Old Dominion University.

The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 201). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Elizabeth Alexander

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ELIZABETH ALEXANDER — award-winning poet, educator, memoirist, scholar, and cultural advocate — is president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the nation's largest funder of arts and culture and of humanities in higher education. Dr. Alexander has held distinguished professorships at Smith College, Columbia University, and Yale University, where she taught for fifteen years and chaired the African American Studies Department. She is chancellor emeritus of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; she serves on the Pulitzer Prize Board and codesigned the Art for Justice Fund. Notably, Alexander composed and delivered the poem "Praise Song for the Day" for the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama and is the author or co-author of fourteen books. Her collection of poems American Sublime was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2006, and her memoir, The Light of the World, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2015.

- The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 201). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Kelly Sundberg

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KELLY SUNDBERG’S essays have appeared in Guernica, Slice, Denver Quarterly, Mid-American Review, The Los Angeles Review, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She is a PhD candidate in creative nonfiction at Ohio University, where she is the managing editor of Brevity magazine, and she was recently named the 2015 A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Courage Fellow.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 223). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Zadie Smith

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ZADIE SMITH was born in northwest London in 1975 and divides her time between London and New York. Her first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers’ First Book Award. Her second novel, The Autograph Man, won the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize. Zadie Smith’s third novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Award (Eurasia Section) and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel, NW, was published in 2012 and has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (pp. 222-223). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

David Sedaris

David Sedaris on Amazon

DAVID SEDARIS is the author of the books Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, National Public Radio’s This American Life, and the BBC. His most recent essay collection is Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 222). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy

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ASHRAF H. A. RUSHDY is the Benjamin Waite Professor at Wesleyan University and teaches in the African American Studies Program and the English Department. He is also the university’s academic secretary. He is the author of The Empty Garden (1992), Neo-Slave Narratives (1999), Remembering Generations (2001), American Lynching (2012), The End of American Lynching (2012), and The Guilted Age: Apologies for the Past (2015).

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 222). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

John Reed

John Reed on Amazon

JOHN REED is the author of the novels A Still Small Voice (2000), The Whole (2005), and the SPD bestseller Snowball’s Chance (2002); All The World’s A Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare (2008); and Tales of Woe (2010). He holds an MFA from Columbia University. His writing and multimedia have appeared in Intercourse, the Brooklyn Rail, Paper Magazine, Artforum, Bomb Magazine, Playboy, Out Magazine, Art in America, the PEN Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, The Rumpus, The Daily Beast, Gawker, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, and ElectricLit, among others, and he is a frequent contributor to Vice. His works have been translated into German, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Korean. He currently teaches at the New School and the New York Arts Program. See JohnReed.org.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 222). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Kate Lebo

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KATE LEBO is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter and A Commonplace Book of Pie. Her essays and poems have appeared in New England Review, Best New Poets, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review, and other publications. She lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches poetry and food-writing workshops nationally.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 222). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Tim Kreider

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TIM KREIDER’S first collection of essays was We Learn Nothing (2012). His second collection, I Wrote This Book Because I Love You, is due out in 2015. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Men’s Journal, among other publications. He was also a cartoonist for the Baltimore City Paper from 1997 to 2009. His cartoons are collected in three books: The Pain—When Will It End?, Why Do They Kill Me?, and Twilight of the Assholes.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 222). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Philip Kennicott

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PHILIP KENNICOTT is the art and architecture critic of the Washington Post and the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer for criticism in 2012 and for editorial writing in 2000, as well as a National Magazine Award finalist in 2015 in the Essays and Criticism category. He was nominated for a 2006 Emmy Award and won the CINE Golden Eagle for video work exploring the role of oil money in the politics of Azerbaijan. He is a former contributing editor at the New Republic, a regular reviewer for Gramophone, and a frequent contributor to Opera News.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (pp. 221-222). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Margo Jefferson

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MARGO JEFFERSON is a Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and the author of Negroland: A Memoir and On Michael Jackson. She has been a staff writer for the New York Times and Newsweek and has published in The Believer, Bookforum, New York magazine, The Nation, the Washington Post, Gigantic, Grand Street, and elsewhere. Her essays have been anthologized in The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death, The Best African-American Essays, The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, The Jazz Cadence of American Culture, Black Cool, and What My Mother Gave Me. She teaches in the writing program at Columbia University.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 221). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Mark Jacobson

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MARK JACOBSON is a longtime journalist. He has written for a wide variety of magazines over the past forty years, during which time he has been employed by New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, the Village Voice, National Geographic, and many others. His magazine work served as the basis for the film American Gangster and the TV show Taxi. His most recent book is The Lampshade, the story of a strange and unsettling object found in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was born and continues to live in New York City.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 221). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Malcolm Gladwell

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MALCOLM GLADWELL is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author, most recently, of David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 221). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr on Amazon

ANTHONY DOERR’S most recent book is the novel All the Light We Cannot See, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories, New American Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and sons.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 221). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Meghan Daum

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MEGHAN DAUM is the author of four books, including the essay collections My Misspent Youth and The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also the editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. Daum has been an opinion columnist at the Los Angeles Times since 2005 and has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, and Vogue. A recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, she is an adjunct associate professor in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has taught at the Aspen Institute’s Summer Words festival, the Nebraska Writers’ Conference, and CalArts.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (pp. 220-221). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Justin Cronin

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JUSTIN CRONIN is the author of the internationally best-selling novels of the Passage Saga (The Passage, The Twelve, and The City of Mirrors), which have been translated into over forty languages. His other work includes the novels Mary and O’Neil, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize, and The Summer Guest. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 220). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Tiffany Briere

TIFFANY BRIERE has received awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She holds a PhD in genetics from Yale University and an MFA in fiction from Bennington College. Her work has appeared in Tin House.
- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 220). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Sven Birkerts

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SVEN BIRKERTS’S most recent book, Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, has just been published. He is director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and editor of AGNI, based at Boston University. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 220). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Isaiah Berlin

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ISAIAH BERLIN was born in Riga, now the capital of Latvia, in 1909. When he was six, his family moved to Russia; there, in 1917, in Petrograd, he witnessed both revolutions—Social Democratic and Bolshevik. In 1921 he and his parents went to England, and he was educated at St. Paul’s School, London, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. At Oxford he was a Fellow of All Souls, a Fellow of New College, professor of social and political theory, and founding president of Wolfson College. He also held the presidency of the British Academy. His main published works are Karl Marx, Russian Thinkers, Concepts and Categories, Against the Current, Personal Impressions, The Crooked Timber of Humanity, The Sense of Reality, The Proper Study of Mankind, The Roots of Romanticism, The Power of Ideas, Three Critics of the Enlightenment, Freedom and Its Betrayal, Liberty, The Soviet Mind, Political Ideas in the Romantic Age, and four volumes of letters, the final volume of which, Affirming: Letters 1975–1997, was published in 2015. As an exponent of the history of ideas he was awarded the Erasmus, Lippincott, and Agnelli Prizes; he also received the Jerusalem Prize for his lifelong defense of civil liberties. He died in 1997.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (p. 220). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Kendra Atleework

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KENDRA ATLEEWORK grew up in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. Her nonfiction won the AWP Intro Journals Award in 2014, and her essays can be found in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch Journal, The Morning News, and Guernica. “Charade” is her first publication. She is at work on a book of nonfiction about drought and wildfire in her brazen home state of California.

- The Best American Essays 2015 (pp. 219-220). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Roger Angell

Roger Angell on Amzon

ROGER ANGELL, a senior editor and a staff writer, has contributed to The New Yorker since 1944 and became a fiction editor in 1956. His writing has appeared in many anthologies, including The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, and The Best American Magazine Writing. His nine books include The Stone Arbor and Other Stories, A Day in the Life of Roger Angell, and, most recently, Let Me Finish. His baseball books include The Summer Game, Five Seasons, Late Innings, Season Ticket, Once More Around the Park, A Pitcher’s Story, and Game Time. He has won a number of awards for his writing, including a George Polk Award for Commentary, a Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2011 he was the inaugural winner of the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. In 2014, Angell received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the highest honor given to writers by the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2015 he won the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism for “This Old Man.”

- Contributors’ Notes, The Best American Essays 2015.

Vice

https://www.vice.com/en/topic/vice-magazine

2015

Guernica

https://www.guernicamag.com/


2015

New York Magazine

https://nymag.com/


2015

Lapham's Quarterly

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/


2015

Hayden's Ferry Review

http://haydensferryreview.com/

2015

Transition

https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/transition