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


The Follies of Writer Worship

The Threepenny Review




The Paris Review


A Public Space


Literary Hub


London Review of Books




The Point


Jesmyn Ward

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The Best American Essays 2021

Dariel Suarez

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The Best American Essays 2021

The Best American Essays 2021

Fintan O'Toole

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The Best American Essays 2021

Beth Nguyen

The Best American Essays 2021

Wesley Morris

The Best American Essays 2021

Claire Messud

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The Best American Essays 2021

Jessica Lustig

The Best American Essays 2021

Patricia Lockwood

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Amy Leach

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Ruchir Joshi

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Greg Jackson


Tony Hoagland

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Gabrielle Hamilton

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Agnes Callard

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Molly McCully Brown

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Elizabeth Alexander

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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

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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

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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

- 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

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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

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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.





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