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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005 (Best American Nonrequired Reading)

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Publisher Comments:

Since its inception in 1915, the "Best American" series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the "Best American" series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind. Dave Eggers, who edits The Best American Nonrequired Reading annually, has once again chosen the best and least-expected contemporary fiction, nonfiction, satire, investigative reporting, alternative comics, and more from publications large, small, and on-line — Zoetrope, Tin House, the Atlantic Monthly, Bomb, SPX, the New York Times, Texas Monthly, GQ, Iowa Review, Esquire, and others.

Review:

"The fourth installment in the ubiquitous Eggers' series collecting offbeat magazine writing chosen by Bay Area teenagers underscores the continued blurring between fiction and nonfiction in contemporary American writing. Of 24 selections, 21 are written in first person, and much of the book has the feeling of memoir. Of the three exceptions, two are forgettable, but 'Lost Boys,' by Jeff Gordiner, is a fascinating piece of reportage (for Details) on the hundreds of young men weeded out of polygamous families along the Utah border, presumably to leave more wives for their elders. Other first-rate nonfiction pieces include Al Franken's account of his USO tour of Iraq (Mother Jones), Tish Durkin's profile of a mercenary soldier (Rolling Stone) and William T. Vollmann's gonzo search for Chinese tunnels in Mexico (Harper's). The fiction is more uneven, but varied stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, Molly McNett and Douglas Trevor make vivid impressions, and two, by Stephen Elliott and Rattawutt Lapcharoensap explore the older-and-younger-brother relationship, a subject dear to Eggers. This year, Eggers puts the cartoon and 'filler' material into his forward, which is skippable (except for the young editors' self-written profiles), as is the short introduction by musician Beck. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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 Nonrequired Reading 2005 includes:

  • Daniel Alarcón
  • Aimee Bender
  • Dan Chaon
  • Daniel Clowes
  • Tish Durkin
  • Stephen Elliott
  • Al Franken
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Rattawut Lapcharoensap
  • Anders Nilsen
  • Georges Saunders
  • William T. Vollmann
  • and others

Synopsis:

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

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 Nonrequired Reading 2005 includes

Daniel Alarcón • Aimee Bender • Dan Chaon • Daniel Clowes • Tish Durkin • Stephen Elliott • Al Franken • Jhumpa Lahiri • Rattawut Lapcharoensap • Anders Nilsen • Georges Saunders • William T. Vollmann • and others

And perhaps you even know that in the storefront of the San Francisco tutoring center, we sell supplies to buccaneers. Yes, you know this. We sell eyepatches, peg legs, lard, planks (by the foot), hand replacements, puffy shirts, and red and white striped socks. This is true. We run the Bay Areas only independent pirate-supply store, but this is not easy. As you know, we have competition. There is a chain pirate-supply store, and every week, it seems, they open a new franchise, encroaching ever more closely on our territory, such as it is. Can we survive the tidal wave that is known as Captain Ricks Booty Cove? We are not sure, but we intend to fight to the end.

Who is Captain Rick? you ask. That is what many people want to know. He claims to be a seafarer of some renown, who, after many decades on the ocean, decided to hang up his parrot and perpetual tan and open a few humble supply shops. Sounds like a nice story — if it were true. In the interest of informing you, the buying public, about Captain Rick, were enclosing in these pages six of our ongoing informational posters about Captain Rick. Once a week or so, 826 Valencia publishes its newest findings about our competitor, and though this may not be the most appropriate venue, the truth must be heard. One thing not mentioned in these announcements is that Captain Ricks planks are made of balsa. Balsa is no good for planks.

(From the foreword by Dave Eggers)

Dave Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity!, and How We Are Hungry, and the editor of McSweeney's. He is the founder of 826 Valencia, a San Francisco writing lab for young people.

Beck, whose single "Loser" was instantly labeled an anthem for the slacker generation, is also known for his Grammy Award-winning albums Odelay and Mutations.

Tony Millionaire (cover art) is the creator of Maakies, one of the most popular alternative newspaper comic strips in the world, and of the award-winning comic book Sock Monkey.

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity!, and How We Are Hungry, and the editor of McSweeney's. He is the founder of 826 Valencia, a San Francisco writing lab for young people.

Beck, whose single "Loser" was instantly labeled an anthem for the slacker generation, is also known for his Grammy Award-winning albums Odelay and Mutations.

Tony Millionaire (cover art) is the creator of Maakies, one of the most popular alternative newspaper comic strips in the world, and of the award-winning comic book Sock Monkey.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Foreword by Dave Eggers xi Introduction by Beck xxx

Joe Sayers. Passing Periods xii, xv from Passing Periods

Anders Nilsen. The Mediocrity Principle xiii–xiv from Blood Orange

Daniel Alarcón. Florida 1 from Swink

Jessica Anthony. The Death of Mustango Salvaje 15 from McSweeneys

Aimee Bender. Tiger Mending 39 from BlackBook

Ryan Boudinot. Free Burgers for Life 48 from Monkeybicycle

Dan Chaon. Five Forgotten Instincts 68 from Other Voices

Amber Dermont. Lyndon 78 from Zoetrope

Stephanie Dickinson. A Lynching in Stereoscope 96 from African-American Review

Tish Durkin. Heavy Metal Mercenary 112 from Rolling Stone

Stephen Elliott. My Little Brother Ruined My Life 123 from Maisonneuve

Al Franken. Tearaway Burkas and Tinplate Menorahs 134 from Mother Jones

Jeff Gordinier. The Lost Boys 148 from Details

Kate Krautkramer. Roadkill 164 from Creative Nonfiction

Jhumpa Lahiri. Hell-Heaven 175 from The New Yorker

Rattawut Lapcharoensap. At the Café Lovely 196 from Zoetrope

Molly McNett. Catalogue Sales 217 from New England Review

George Saunders. Bohemians 237 from The New Yorker

George Saunders. Manifesto 247 from Slate

J. David Stevens. The Joke 250 from Mid-American Review

Jonathan Tel. The Myth of the Frequent Flier 257 from Open City

Douglas Trevor. Girls I Know 263 from Epoch

William T. Vollmann. They Came Out Like Ants! 281 from Harpers Magazine

Lauren Weedman. Diary of a Journal Reader 313 from Swivel

Contributors Notes 319 Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2004 326

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618570478
Editor:
Eggers, Dave
Introduction:
Beck
Introduction by:
Beck
Introduction:
Beck
Editor:
Eggers, Dave
Author:
Beck
Author:
Eggers, Dave
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
American prose literature
Subject:
21st century
Subject:
American prose literature - 21st century
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Best American Nonrequired Reading
Series Volume:
2005
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.78x7.52x1.19 in. 1.13 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The fourth installment in the ubiquitous Eggers' series collecting offbeat magazine writing chosen by Bay Area teenagers underscores the continued blurring between fiction and nonfiction in contemporary American writing. Of 24 selections, 21 are written in first person, and much of the book has the feeling of memoir. Of the three exceptions, two are forgettable, but 'Lost Boys,' by Jeff Gordiner, is a fascinating piece of reportage (for Details) on the hundreds of young men weeded out of polygamous families along the Utah border, presumably to leave more wives for their elders. Other first-rate nonfiction pieces include Al Franken's account of his USO tour of Iraq (Mother Jones), Tish Durkin's profile of a mercenary soldier (Rolling Stone) and William T. Vollmann's gonzo search for Chinese tunnels in Mexico (Harper's). The fiction is more uneven, but varied stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, Molly McNett and Douglas Trevor make vivid impressions, and two, by Stephen Elliott and Rattawutt Lapcharoensap explore the older-and-younger-brother relationship, a subject dear to Eggers. This year, Eggers puts the cartoon and 'filler' material into his forward, which is skippable (except for the young editors' self-written profiles), as is the short introduction by musician Beck. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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 Nonrequired Reading 2005 includes:

  • Daniel Alarcón
  • Aimee Bender
  • Dan Chaon
  • Daniel Clowes
  • Tish Durkin
  • Stephen Elliott
  • Al Franken
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Rattawut Lapcharoensap
  • Anders Nilsen
  • Georges Saunders
  • William T. Vollmann
  • and others

"Synopsis" by ,
The Best American Series First, Best, and Best-Selling

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 Nonrequired Reading 2005 includes

Daniel Alarcón • Aimee Bender • Dan Chaon • Daniel Clowes • Tish Durkin • Stephen Elliott • Al Franken • Jhumpa Lahiri • Rattawut Lapcharoensap • Anders Nilsen • Georges Saunders • William T. Vollmann • and others

And perhaps you even know that in the storefront of the San Francisco tutoring center, we sell supplies to buccaneers. Yes, you know this. We sell eyepatches, peg legs, lard, planks (by the foot), hand replacements, puffy shirts, and red and white striped socks. This is true. We run the Bay Areas only independent pirate-supply store, but this is not easy. As you know, we have competition. There is a chain pirate-supply store, and every week, it seems, they open a new franchise, encroaching ever more closely on our territory, such as it is. Can we survive the tidal wave that is known as Captain Ricks Booty Cove? We are not sure, but we intend to fight to the end.

Who is Captain Rick? you ask. That is what many people want to know. He claims to be a seafarer of some renown, who, after many decades on the ocean, decided to hang up his parrot and perpetual tan and open a few humble supply shops. Sounds like a nice story — if it were true. In the interest of informing you, the buying public, about Captain Rick, were enclosing in these pages six of our ongoing informational posters about Captain Rick. Once a week or so, 826 Valencia publishes its newest findings about our competitor, and though this may not be the most appropriate venue, the truth must be heard. One thing not mentioned in these announcements is that Captain Ricks planks are made of balsa. Balsa is no good for planks.

(From the foreword by Dave Eggers)

Dave Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity!, and How We Are Hungry, and the editor of McSweeney's. He is the founder of 826 Valencia, a San Francisco writing lab for young people.

Beck, whose single "Loser" was instantly labeled an anthem for the slacker generation, is also known for his Grammy Award-winning albums Odelay and Mutations.

Tony Millionaire (cover art) is the creator of Maakies, one of the most popular alternative newspaper comic strips in the world, and of the award-winning comic book Sock Monkey.

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