The Best American Essays 2010

Toni Bentley danced with Balanchine’s New York City Ballet for ten years and is author of five books, all named New York Times Notable Books.Her essay “The Bad Lion” appeared in Best American Essays 2010 edited by Christopher Hitchens and she is a Guggenheim Fellow.

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Cary Holladay's "Merry-Go-Sorry" is one of those rare and always welcome stories.

.of America is far richer artistically because of the review's presence...a worthy stage for the serious works of all writers.

Greg Kimura, editor of “Alaska At 50: The Past, Present and, Next Fifty Years of Alaska Statehood” brings a panel of contributors together to discuss perspectives of Alaska’s history and future. The impact of Alaska Quarterly Review extends far from its origin in my home State and is worthy of celebration by this body and all Americans who recognize the power of the literary arts to shape our thoughts, our ideals, and our country. I have been mightily impressed, paging through the submissions and the final selections, by the staunch way in which publications like Missouri Review, Wilson Quarterly, American Scholar, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Oregon Humanities continue to trust authors to write at length, and readers to take the trouble to repay that trust.

Guests include Ronald Spatz, Vic Fischer and Phyllis Fast. I commend Alaska Quarterly Review and its editor, Ronald Spatz, its contributors, and its supporters for 35 years of excellence. Alaska Quarterly Review is holding its creative course and staying true to its original vision of promoting new writers and giving a home to fresh voices on the writing scene. Adding to the poetry, fiction, and essays that the Alaska Quarterly Review has been publishing for twenty-three years, at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, the Fall/Winter issue of the journal, edited by Ronald Spatz, includes an eighty-page photo essay (eighty pages! In “Chechnya: A Decade of War,” photojournalist Heidi Bradner documents the Chechen Republic's decade-long battle for independence from Russia.

Read it cover to cover; put it on your coffee table; impress your friends.

This magazine's so hot, it makes any number of editors in the lower-48 look like they're living in the ice age.

A true essay is “something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author’s personal experience and subjectivity,” writes guest editor Jonathan Franzen in his introduction.

However, his main criterion for selecting The Best American Essays 2016 was, in a word, risk.

Whether the risks involved championing an unpopular opinion, the possibility of ruining a professional career, or irrevocably offending family, for Franzen, “the writer has to be like the firefighter, whose job, while everyone else is fleeing the flames, is to run straight into them.”The Best American Essays 2016 includes ALEXANDER CHEE, PAUL CRENSHAW, JAQUIRA DÍAZ, LAURA KIPNIS, AMITAVA KUMAR, SEBASTIAN JUNGER, JOYCE CAROL OATES, OLIVER SACKS, THOMAS CHATTERTON WILLIAMS and others JONATHAN FRANZEN, guest editor, is the author of five novels, most recently Purity, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Künste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


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