Monthly Archives: January 2012

BAE – My Favorite!

OK, I’ve abstained for awhile, actually exercising such self control that I haven’t even mentioned the essay in any other posts, but I’m coming out with it. My personal favorite essay from The Best American Essays 2011 is Victor LaValle’s … Continue reading

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BAE – Trauma, Revisited

There’s quite a conversation developing in the Comments sections of other posts about my delineation of “trauma stories” (though, interestingly, not in the Comments section of that post itself), which I thought it would be helpful to map in one … Continue reading

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BAE – Zadie Smith’s “Generation Why?”

This was one of my favorite essays in the collection, and a good example of non-memoir-based essaying. It was actually originally a film review, of the ubiquitous film The Social Network, itself of course about the ubiquitous social network, Facebook. … Continue reading

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BAE2011 – Trauma Stories

So, with all I’ve written so far about the preponderance of “trauma stories” in this volume, I figure we could have a robust discussion on these pieces, whether in comparing how different ones approach human suffering, picking favorites, or whatever … Continue reading

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BAE2011 – Christy Vannoy’s “A Personal Essay by a Personal Essay”

As an avid follower of McSweeney’s, I was thrilled to see what I believe is their first essay included in a volume of The Best American Essays, Christy Vannoy’s “A Personal Essay by a Personal Essay.” But I also found … Continue reading

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Best American Essays 2011 – Opening Comments and Questions

I’ve found, after reading roughly half the volumes of The Best American Essays, a series that goes back to 1986, that the title is a bit of a misnomer. Perhaps it’s because the essay itself is such a slippery form, … Continue reading

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Best American Essays 2011

Starting next Monday, 1/16, I’ll try to post a prompt a day (or perhaps every 2 days, depending on responses) on The Best American Essays 2011. Some posts will be general questions and observations about the volume as a whole, … Continue reading

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