Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Beck (introduction)
Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology)
I read it: September 2013
I’m trying to go back and collect and read the entire series. Unfortunately 2005 lacked a bit of the pizzazz of most other volumes. There were just a few too many duds. But the standouts are…
- “The Death of Mustango Salvaje” by Jessica Anthony. In which a female matador(a?) reaches self-actualization.
- “A Lynching in Stereoscope” by Stephanie Dickinson. Townspeople-and-pitchfork afternoon seen through two distinct decades.
- “The Lost Boys” by Jeff Gordinier. Journalistic account of young men excommunicated from Utah’s Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints community.
- “Roadkill” by Kate Krautkramer. Pregnant woman muses on life, death, humans, animals.
- “Hell-Heaven” by Jhumpa Lahiri. Slow-burn excellence by this writers’ writer.
- “They Came Out Like Ants!” by Jonathan Tel. Engaging real-life tale of an attempt to uncover tunnels built by and for the Chinese around the U.S.-Mexico border.