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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006

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Publisher Comments:

This brilliant collection highlights a bold mix of fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, television writing, and more alternative comics than ever. Compiled by Dave Eggers and students from his San Francisco writing center, contributors include Judy Budnitz, "The Onion, The Daily Show, This American Life," and George Packer.

Review:

"The Best American Nonrequired Reading Series marks its fifth year by expanding the scope of the collection, to include shorter pieces, fragments of stories, transcripts, screenplays, and lists. Brilliantly, Eggers opens with a Best American roundup of notable words and sentences, including 'Best American Fake Headlines' from The Onion, 'Best American Excerpt from a Military Blog,' and 'Best American First Sentences of Novels of 2005' (from Bret Easton Ellis's semi-autobiographical Lunar Park: 'You do an awfully good impression of yourself'). Contributors of more substantial pieces include Judy Budnitz, Joe Sacco, Cat Bohannon, Kurt Vonnegut, Julia Sweeney and Haruki Murakami, to name a few, and draw from such wide-ranging sources as The Georgia Review, The Washington Post, This American Life and GQ. The result is a collection that's both uproarious and illuminating. In the introduction, comic strip artist and The Simpsons creator Groening provides a list of books that 'will keep you up late at night when you're supposed to be sleeping or making love.' This is one such book." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From Dave Eggers: For this years edition of The Best American Nonrequired Reading, we wanted to expand the scope of the book to include shorter pieces, and fragments of stories, and transcripts, screenplays, television scripts — lots of things that we hadnt included before. Our publisher readily agreed, and so youll see that this years edition is far more eclectic in form than previous editions. Along the way to making the book, we also came across a variety of things that didnt fit neatly anywhere, but which we felt should be included, so we conceived the front section, which is a loose Best American roundup of notable words and sentences from 2005. It is, like this book in general, obviously and completely incomplete, but might be interesting nevertheless.

About the Author

Dave Eggers, author of the phenomenal bestseller A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and editor of McSweeney's, is inaugural guest editor. He is the founder of 826 Valencia, a San Francisco writing lab for city youth.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction by Matt Groening xi

Best American Fake Headlines 3 from The Onion

Best American Daily Show Exchange on the Anniversary of Watergate 6 from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Best American Ringing Defeat of Religion Masquerading as Science 7 from Kitzmiller v. Dover

Best American Answers to the Question “What Do You Believe Is True Even Though You Cannot Prove It?” 10 from The Edge Foundation

Best American Excerpt from a Military Blog 21 from A Soldiers Thoughts

Best American Epigraph Wherein a Contemporary Writer Quotes a Great Writer Who Died in 2005 28 from Saturday, by Ian McEwan

Best American First Sentences of Novels of 2005 29

Best American New Words and Phrases 37 from The Oxford Dictionary of English, Revised Second Edition

Best American New Band Names 40

Best American Things to Know about Chuck Norris 41 from Chuck Norris Facts

Best American Things to Know about Hoboes 43 from The Areas of My Expertise

Cat Bohannon. SHIPWRECK 57 from The Georgia Review

Judy Budnitz. NADIA 71 from One Story

Guy Delisle. PYONGYANG: A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA (excerpt) 94

Tom Downey. THE INSURGENT S TALE 108 from Rolling Stone

Gipi. THE INNOCENTS 124 fromWish YouWere Here

THE IRAQI CONSTITUTION 155 from TheWashington Post

Miranda July. ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW 181 from the original shooting script

Michael Lewis. WADING TOWARD HOME 193 from The New York Times Magazine

The Lincoln Group. ARE IRAQIS OPTIMISTIC? 217

Naguib Mahfouz. ROOM NO. 12 220 from Zoetrope: All-Story

Rick Moody. PIRATE STATION 231 from Gargoyle

Haruki Murakami. THE KIDNEY-SHAPED STONE THAT MOVES EVERY DAY 235 from The New Yorker

Jeff Parker. FALSE COGNATE 253 from Hobart

David Rakoff. LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT 264 from Dont Get Too Comfortable

Joe Sacco. TRAUMA ON LOAN 277 from The Guardian

George Saunders. THE NEW MECCA 286 from GQ

Sam Shaw. PEG 312 from Open City

Julia Sweeney. LETTING GO OF GOD? 327 from This American Life

Kurt Vonnegut. HERE IS A LESSON IN CREATIVE WRITING 348 from A Man Without a Country

David Foster Wallace. KENYON COMMENCEMENT SPEECH 355

Contributors Notes 365 Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2005 375

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618570515
Author:
Groening, Matt
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Introduction:
Groening, Matt
Illustrator:
Spiegelman, Art
Editor:
Eggers, Dave
Author:
Spiegelman, Art
Author:
Groening, Matt
Author:
Eggers, Dave
Location:
Boston
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American prose literature
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
American essays - 21st century
Subject:
American prose literature - 21st century
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Nonrequired Reading
Series Volume:
2006
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The Best American Nonrequired Reading Series marks its fifth year by expanding the scope of the collection, to include shorter pieces, fragments of stories, transcripts, screenplays, and lists. Brilliantly, Eggers opens with a Best American roundup of notable words and sentences, including 'Best American Fake Headlines' from The Onion, 'Best American Excerpt from a Military Blog,' and 'Best American First Sentences of Novels of 2005' (from Bret Easton Ellis's semi-autobiographical Lunar Park: 'You do an awfully good impression of yourself'). Contributors of more substantial pieces include Judy Budnitz, Joe Sacco, Cat Bohannon, Kurt Vonnegut, Julia Sweeney and Haruki Murakami, to name a few, and draw from such wide-ranging sources as The Georgia Review, The Washington Post, This American Life and GQ. The result is a collection that's both uproarious and illuminating. In the introduction, comic strip artist and The Simpsons creator Groening provides a list of books that 'will keep you up late at night when you're supposed to be sleeping or making love.' This is one such book." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
From Dave Eggers: For this years edition of The Best American Nonrequired Reading, we wanted to expand the scope of the book to include shorter pieces, and fragments of stories, and transcripts, screenplays, television scripts — lots of things that we hadnt included before. Our publisher readily agreed, and so youll see that this years edition is far more eclectic in form than previous editions. Along the way to making the book, we also came across a variety of things that didnt fit neatly anywhere, but which we felt should be included, so we conceived the front section, which is a loose Best American roundup of notable words and sentences from 2005. It is, like this book in general, obviously and completely incomplete, but might be interesting nevertheless.
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