The Best American Essays 2018

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Hilton Als, Robert Atwan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 2, 2018 - 336 pages
The Pulitzer-Prize winning and Guggenheim-honored Hilton Als curates the best essays from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites, bringing "the fierce style of street reading and the formal tradition of critical inquiry, reads culture, race, and gender" (New York Times) to the task.

"The essay, like love, like life, is indefinable, but you know an essay when you see it, and you know a great one when you feel it, because it is concentrated life," writes Hilton Als in his introduction. Expertly guided by Als's instinct and intellect, The Best American Essays 2018 showcases great essays as well as irresistibly eclectic ones. Go undercover in North Korea, delve into the question of race in the novels of William Faulkner, hang out in the 1970s New York music scene, and take a family road trip cum art pilgrimage. These experiences and more immersive slices of concentrated life await.
 

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In a personal and moving introduction to this thoughtful entry in the long-running series, Als (White Girls) writes of being attracted to essays that “have something unfinished about them,” as they ... Read full review

Contents

The Trick Notes Toward a Theory of Plot
1
Prospects for Survival
8
Cadence
24
All the Home Youve Got
37
The Other Steve Harvey
43
The March on Everywhere
54
Your FriendMy Friend Ted
78
The Art at the End of the World
84
In Search of Fear
155
The Big Thing on His Mind
161
Clothes That Dont Need You
171
Maybe the People Would Be the Times
182
Losing Streak
194
My Fathers Cellar
211
No Direction Home The Journey of Frantz Fanon
225
Lucky You
249

Rain Like Cotton
97
Land of Darkness
110
Eat Memory
117
Five Famous Asian War Photographs
127
Notes on Lazarus
132
You Are the Phenomenology
147
The Moon the World the Dream
257
Hannah Arendt in New York
264
Back Matter
277
Back Cover
300
Spine
301
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Before working at The New Yorker, Hilton Als was a staff writer for The Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. He has also written articles for The Nation and collaborated on film scripts for Swoon and Looking for Langston. The winner of writing awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists and the Guggenheim Foundation, he lives in New York City.

ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986. He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide.

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