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Publisher Comments:

The newest addition to the acclaimed Best American* series brings readers the year's best writing about faith and spirituality and is sure to enrich lives. It includes writings that reflect Christian, Muslim, Jewish, secular, and pan-Hindu perspectives.

Synopsis:

The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. For each volume, the very best pieces are selected by a leading writer in the field, making the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2005 includes

Mary Gordon • Natalie Goldberg • Oliver Sacks • Ptolemy Tompkins • Patricia Hampl • Gary Snyder • Charles Johnson • Harvey Cox • Todd Gitlin • Bill McKibben • Philip Levine • W. S. Merwin • and others

Philip Zaleski, editor, is the author of The Recollected Heart, The Book of Heaven, and, most recently, Prayer: A History (with Carol Zaleski). He is a senior editor of Parabola and a research associate in religion at Smith College.

Barry Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams, the illustrated fable Crow and Weasel, and several essay and short story collections, including About This Life and Resistance. He has received the National Book Award and other honors.

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Contributors include Barbara Kingsolver, W. S. Merwin, Charles Johnson, Patricia Hampl, Mary Gordon, and others.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Philip Zaleski xi Introduction by Barry Lopez xvii

Christopher Bamford. The Gift of the Call 1 from Parabola

Brian Blanchfield. The Acusmata of Pythagoras 10 from Jubilat

Scott Cairns. Replies to the Immediate 15 from Western Humanities Review

Richard Chess. Kaddish 16 from Image

Robert Cording. Advent Stanzas 18 from Southern Review

Harvey Cox. Best of Intentions 23 from Christian Century

Andy Crouch. The Emergent Mystique 33 from Christianity Today

Brian Doyle. Joyas Voladoras 43 from American Scholar

David James Duncan. The French Guy 46 from Portland

Jean Bethke Elshtain. “You Kill It, You Eat It,” and Other Lessons from My Thrifty Childhood 50 from In Character

Margaret Erhart. An Entomologists Dilemma 61 from Turning Wheel

Helen Garner. Sighs Too Deep for Words: On Being Bad at Reading the Bible 65 from Portland

Todd Gitlin. A Skull in Varanasi, a Head in Baghdad 74 from American Scholar

Natalie Goldberg. When the Candle Is Blown Out 79 from Shambhala Sun

Mary Gordon. Appetite for the Absolute 89 from Portland

Patricia Hampl. Pilgrim 98 from Granta

Brooks Haxton. Gift 104 from Atlantic Monthly

Edward Hirsch. Self-Portrait 105 from The New Yorker

Charles Johnson. Dr. Kings Refrigerator 106 from StoryQuarterly

Maria Poggi Johnson. Us and Them 112 from First Things

Heather King. Wonder Bread 119 from The Sun

Philip Levine. The Genius 125 from Georgia Review

Thomas Lynch. Passed On 127 from Christian Century

Bill McKibben. High Fidelity 130 from Christian Century

W. S. Merwin. To the Gods 133 from American Poetry Review

Richard John Neuhaus. Kierkegaard for Grownups 135 from First Things

Oliver Sacks. Speed 149 from The New Yorker

Huston Smith. The Master-Disciple Relationship 168 from Sophia

Gary Snyder. No Shadow 184 from The New Yorker

Dana Tierney. Coveting Lukes Faith 185 from The New York Times Magazine

Ptolemy Tompkins. Two Short Essays 188 from The Sun

Kenneth L. Woodward. The Passions Passionate Despisers 190 from First Things

Charles Wright. Wrong Notes 197 from Virginia Quarterly Review

Franz Wright. Prescience 199 from The New Yorker

Contributors 203 Notable Spiritual Writing of 2004 209

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618586431
Editor:
Zaleski, Philip
Introduction:
Lopez, Barry
Introduction by:
Lopez, Barry
Introduction:
Lopez, Barry
Editor:
Zaleski, Philip
Author:
Lopez, Barry
Author:
Zaleski, Philip
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
General Body, Mind and Spirit
Subject:
American literature - 21st century
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Spiritual Writing
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.24x5.54x.63 in. .61 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by ,
The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. For each volume, the very best pieces are selected by a leading writer in the field, making the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2005 includes

Mary Gordon • Natalie Goldberg • Oliver Sacks • Ptolemy Tompkins • Patricia Hampl • Gary Snyder • Charles Johnson • Harvey Cox • Todd Gitlin • Bill McKibben • Philip Levine • W. S. Merwin • and others

Philip Zaleski, editor, is the author of The Recollected Heart, The Book of Heaven, and, most recently, Prayer: A History (with Carol Zaleski). He is a senior editor of Parabola and a research associate in religion at Smith College.

Barry Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams, the illustrated fable Crow and Weasel, and several essay and short story collections, including About This Life and Resistance. He has received the National Book Award and other honors.

"Synopsis" by , Contributors include Barbara Kingsolver, W. S. Merwin, Charles Johnson, Patricia Hampl, Mary Gordon, and others.
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