The Best American Essays 2012

Author: Robert Atwan (series editor), David Brooks (editor) Type: Non-fiction, essays Published: 2012 I read it: January 2013 As far as these Best American anthologies go, this one is mostly hits. Here are the good ones whose subject matter is in the titles: “The Crazy State of Psychiatry” by Marcia Angell; “The Foul Reign of…

The Best American Essays 2008

Author: Robert Atwan (series editor), Adam Gopnik (editor) Type: Non-fiction, essays Published: 2008 I read it: September 2010 I’ve come to realize that essays would be hard to write, and extremely hard to write well. It’s that elusive balance between non-fiction subject matter and storytelling savvy. This collection was blast after blast of cool air,…