The Best American Essays 2012

The Best American Essays 2012


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The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Essays 2012 includes

Marcia Angell, Miah Arnold, Mark Doty, Joseph Epstein, Jonathan Franzen,
Malcolm Gladwell, Francine Prose, Lauren Slater,
Sandra Tsing Loh, Jose Antonio Vargas, and others

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547840093
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Best American Essays Series
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 1,288,270
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986. He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction David Brooks xvii

The Foul Reign of "Self-Reliance": from The New York Times Magazine Benjamin Anastas 1

The Crazy State of Psychiatry: from The New York Review of Books Marcia Angell 6

You Owe Me: from Michigan Quarterly Review Miah Arnold 29

Edward Hopper and the Geometry of Despair: from Boulevard Geoffrey Bent 43

A Beauty: from AGNI Robert Boyers 52

The Good Short Life: from The New York Times Sunday Review Dudley Clendinen 63

Vanishing Act: from Lapham's Quarterly Paul Collins 67

Insatiable: from Granta Mark Doty 78

Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?: from The Oxford American Mark Edmundson 89

Duh, Bor-ing: from Commentary Joseph Epstein 102

Farther Away: from The New Yorker Jonathan Franzen 111

Creation Myth: from The New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell 139

Dr. Don: from The New Yorker Peter Hessler 154

Objects of Affection: from Ploughshares Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough 167

Getting Schooled: from Harper's Magazine Garret Keizer 176

Lawless. My Father/My Husband: from Prism David J 193

The Accidental Universe: from Harper's Magazine Alan Lightman 207

The Bitch Is Back: from The Atlantic Sandra Tsing Loh 218

How Doctors Die: from Zocalo Public Square Ken Murray 231

Other Women: from Granta Francine Prose 236

Humanism: from The Hedgehog Review Richard Sennett 244

Killing My Body to Save My Mind: from Elle Lauren Slater 255

Outlaw: from The New York Times Magazine Jose Antonio Vargas 262

Paper Tigers: from New York Magazine Wesley Yang 274

Contributors' Notes 297

Notable Essays of 2011 302

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