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The New Kings of Nonfiction by Ira Glass

The New Kings of Nonfiction (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Ira Glass (Editor)

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An anthology of the best new masters of nonfiction storytelling, personally chosen and introduced by Ira Glass, the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life. These pieces-on teenage white collar criminals, buying a cow, Saddam Hussein, drunken British soccer culture, and how we know everyone in our Rolodex-are meant to mesmerize and inspire. --From publisher description.… (more)
Title:The New Kings of Nonfiction
Authors:Ira Glass
Info:Riverhead Trade (2007), Paperback, 455 pages
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A couple stand outs, mostly just decent stuff. Kings? I'm not so sure about that. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
I can't really fault the book for being eight years old and thus no longer "new" when I received it as a Christmas gift. I can, however, fault a book billing itself on its newness for containing many essays that were ten years old or more when the book was published; a quick calculation indicates the average age-at-publication of the essays at nine years.

Nor, I suppose, can I fault a book talking about "Kings" of non-fiction for being overwhelmingly male-dominated. Twelve of the fourteen authors are male, with the female authors relegated to writing about female experiences of male spaces, or of contexts where women are expected to please men; Susan Orlean writes a profile of a supposedly average (i.e. white, suburban, and middle-class - this is in fact specifically described as the description of "typical") ten-year-old boy, and Coco Scales writes about working as a hostess in an exclusive LA nightclub. Not only the authors but the subject matter for the remainder of the book are drenched in testosterone; should you choose to read this book despite this review (since it definitely does have a target audience, after all), you'll read about beef cattle, the World Series of Poker, Saddam Hussein, and World War II.

Midway through David Foster Wallace's interminable profile of a minor conservative talk radio host, I seriously considered abandoning the book half-read; instead, I decided to give each of the remaining essays a chance. I bailed partway through three of the remaining portions, but finished the last four essays.

Having opined about two of the three key words in the title, I suppose it's time to talk about "nonfiction"; all of these are definitely non-fiction, but it's all in a narrow genre of journalistic nonfiction heavily focused on individual experience; there's little history here and no science. ( )
1 vote lorax | Aug 3, 2016 |
really cool nice short stories, excellently written on all sorts of real topics ( )
  Mrdrewk | Dec 2, 2014 |
Really excellent! I hope Ira Glass will write more. This is short essays that Ira Glass had stacked up because he liked them so much.

I found another that is in this vein, Fiddler in the Subway by Gene Weingarten ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
How can you go wrong when you include in an anthology of recent nonfiction the work of such greats as Susan Orlean and Malcolm Gladwell and David Foster Wallace? And a great editor like NPR’s Ira Glass? Call it creative nonfiction. Call it personal memoir. Call it narrative nonfiction. Whatever you call it, it’s some of the best writing out there. A bit dated (copyright of 2007), but well worth a read. ( )
  debnance | Jun 24, 2013 |
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