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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003

by Dave Eggers (Editor)

Other authors: Sherman Alexie (Contributor), Lynda Barry (Contributor), Ryan Boudinot (Contributor), Mark Bowden (Contributor), Michael Buckley (Contributor)21 more, Judy Budnitz (Contributor), David Drury (Contributor), Jonathan Safran Foer (Contributor), Lisa Gabriele (Contributor), Amanda Holzer (Contributor), Chuck Klosterman (Contributor), K. Kvashay-Boyle (Contributor), Dylan Landis (Contributor), Andrea Lee (Contributor), J. T. Leroy (Contributor), Douglas Light (Contributor), Nasdijj (Contributor), The Onion (Contributor), George Packer (Contributor), ZZ Packer (Contributor), James Pinkerton (Contributor), David Sedaris (Contributor), Zadie Smith (Introduction), Jason Stella (Contributor), John Verbos (Contributor), Daniel Voll (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2003), Best American (2003)

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Foreword - Dave Eggars 3
Introduction - Zadie Smith 4
The Guide to Being a Groupie - Lisa Gabriele 2
Things We Knew When the House Caught Fire - David Drury 4
The Pretenders - Chuck Klosterman 4
How To Write Suspense - James Pinkerton 3
Stuff - JT Leroy 4
Saint Chola - K. Kvashay-Bayle 4
I'll Try Anything With a Detached Air of Superiority - The Onion 3

A moderately interesting collection, but more of a mixed bag than I'd expect from anything claiming to be a 'best of' overview. The stand-out stories were the David Drury, JT Leroy and Kvashay-Bayle, respectively about the prejudices expressed against a family that doesn't fit in an exclusive community, a homeless girl findng unexpected artistic comfort and a young teenage Muslim girl coming to terms with her place in American society just before the Iraq war. Chuck Klosterman's reportage on the modern phenomenon of the tribute band was funny and insightful, and Zadie Smith intro was an excellent little essay on finding a balance between required and experimental reading, as well as finding one's voice as a writer.

Both the Onion piece and the James Pinkerton story were vaguely amusing but rather slapstick in their approach to satire while Lisa Gabriele's tale of a rebellious teenage girl read like a college creative writing exercise. Both this and 'Saint Chola' used a second person narration, but here it seemed somehow to distance rather than include the reader.

There was something oddly backward-looking about this collection on the whole; all the fiction or memoirs dealt with looking back to childhood or adolescence, while Klosterman's piece is partly about nostalgia and the Onion's oddly old fashioned - although possibly as it is a satire of those awful New Yorker articles that do actually read like that.

I also have the 2004 collection, so am interested to see how that compares. ( )
  Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
"Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease" is amazing.
  dathyni | Aug 5, 2016 |
This one I was less impressed with. There are some excellent pieces: Sherman Alexie's on identity, Mark Bowden's profile of Saddam Hussein, Chuck Klosterman on a tribute band, and George Packer's on the discarded-clothing market come to mind. Many of the others didn't do much for me, but I'm still glad I read them to get the full range of the collection. ( )
  JBD1 | Jun 24, 2016 |
J.T. Leroy's "Stuff" was wonderful.
  karends | Jan 16, 2011 |
This had some really good pieces, and a number of bad ones. I thought Jonathan Safran Foer inventing punctuation to tell his story was pretty silly. I didn't get the point of that at all. Pinkerton's piece on writing a suspense novel was hysterical, and Leroy's piece on Saddam Hussein was a very good piece. Most of the rest of it was somewhere in between. ( )
  pecochran | Nov 21, 2008 |
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Eggers, DaveEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexie, ShermanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barry, LyndaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boudinot, RyanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowden, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckley, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Budnitz, JudyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Drury, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foer, Jonathan SafranContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gabriele, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holzer, AmandaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klosterman, ChuckContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kvashay-Boyle, K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Landis, DylanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, AndreaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leroy, J. T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Light, DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
NasdijjContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Onion, TheContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Packer, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Packer, ZZContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pinkerton, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sedaris, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, ZadieIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stella, JasonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Verbos, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618246967, Paperback)

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, the very best pieces are selected by an editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field, making the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind.
Dave Eggers, who will be editing The Best American Nonrequired Reading annually, has once again chosen the best and least-expected fiction, nonfiction, satire, investigative reporting, alternative comics, and more from publications large, small, and on-line -- The Onion, The New Yorker, Shout, Time, Zoetrope, Tin House, Nerve.com,and McSweeney's, to name just a few. Read on for "Some of the best literature you haven't been reading . . . And it's fantastic. All of it." (St. Petersburg Times).

Lynda Barry Jonathan Safran Foer Lisa Gabriele Andrea Lee J. T. Leroy Nasdijj ZZ Packer David Sedaris

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Presents the finest literature from mainstream and alternative American periodicals, including both fiction and nonfiction dealing with a broad spectrum of subjects from magazines from the "New Yorker" and "Rolling Stone" to the "Onion."

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